Generator spills fuel at Pump Station 6

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An estimated 760 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a generator Monday morning at Pump Station No. 6 of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

The pump station is off Mile 55 Dalton Highway.

The Department of Environmental Conservation reported that a fuel line ruptured on one of the generators used to supply power to the pump station.

About 417 gallons of fuel was recovered from inside the generator module using absorbent pads and a vacuum truck.

The spill affected about 300 square feet of gravel pad beneath the generator module. Contaminated gravel will be excavated after the module is moved, but another generator must be delivered and installed before that will happen. Setting up the new generator could take several weeks or months, according to the DEC.

Pacific Detroit Diesel Allison is responsible for cleaning up the spill.

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