State investigates two spills

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2000

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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