ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating two oil spills detected Tuesday.
About 600 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a bulk fuel tank in the Tuntutuliak 40 miles southwest of Bethel.
DEC spokeswoman Leslie Pearson said a field officer left Bethel to view the spill site Wednesday.
Pearson said the leak is coming from a crack in the tank's outlet piping. A ladder blown over by the wind may have caused the damage.
Pearson said the fuel has run under the ice of a frozen pond. Boom and pads have been placed at the outlet of the pond, which drains into a tributary of the Kuskokwim River.
The tank is owned by the Tuntutuliak Community Service Association electric company.
DEC also reported a crude oil spill at Nikiski.
The agency said 1,050 gallons of crude spilled from an 8-inch, above-ground pipe at the Cross Timbers onshore facility Tuesday afternoon.
A hole the size of a pencil was found in the pipe near a valve connection.
The line was patched and will be replaced later this week.
The leaked oil fell on frozen ground and most collected in a utilidor.
Pooled oil outside the utilidor was collected by a vacuum truck.
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