Dumped oil-drums draw ire, reward

Natives offer $5,000 for information on illegal, mystery-filled containers

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The contents of 11, 55-gallon barrels illegally dumped on the Salamatof Native Association property remain a mystery, but the association is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the person who dumped them on association property near Escape Route Road in Nikiski.

The barrels have not yet been removed, but will be once the association has determined what is inside of the barrels and what procedures will be necessary to remove them safely, native association spokesperson Penny Carty said.

The illegal dumping is disheartening, particularly since the association recently spent $2,000 in tow truck fees to remove abandoned cars from association property, she said.

“(And) that didn’t include the summer crew we had out there that gathered up the washers and dryers and plain old household trash that had been dumped,” she said. “It’s very frustrating.”

The barrels were found Dec. 9 after Nikiski Fire Department received a phone call reporting the barrels from an unknown caller. A report Alaska State Troopers provided to Crime Stoppers said the barrels were found near a gravel pit and many of the drums had markings indicative of oil products.

The Department of Environmental Conservation environmental program specialist Bob Petit told the Clarion last week that the barrels were apparently filled, but not leaking.

Anyone with information on the barrels can submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppersonline.com or call Crime Stoppers at 283-8477.

Patrice Kohl can be reached at patrice.kohl@peninsulaclarion.com

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