Leak discovered in Tesoro pipe on Kenai Peninsula

Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2001

KODIAK (AP) -- An undetermined amount of oil leaked from an underground Tesoro Alaska Co. pipe in a recreation area on the Kenai Peninsula, state environmental officials said Wednesday.

The leak was discovered Tuesday evening in a pipe near mile 35 of the Kenai spur highway between the Swanson River and Bishop Creek in Captain Cook State Park, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

The leak is in a pipe that carries refined jet fuel between Nikiski and Anchorage. The pipe is 10 inches in diameter and about 4 feet underground. It was shut off when the leak was discovered.

A small, one-foot wide stream at the site has oil on it and has been boomed, DEC said. A dozer, a vacuum truck and an excavator also have been brought to the site. However, excavation is on hold until an archaeological survey is completed.

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