About 750 gallons cleaned up from Alaska diesel spill

December 3, 2020 GMT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — About 750 gallons (2,800 liters) of diesel and water have been cleaned up after an Alaska oil spill that state Department of Environmental Conservation officials said occurred during a fuel tank transfer.

State conservation officials said the Nov. 25 spill in the village of Selawik happened after workers started transferring fuel from a city fuel tank to a water treatment plant tank. The reasons for the spill and the amount spilled is still under investigation, officials said.

“We know that 35,000 gallons is still in the tank and is not threatening to release at this time,” said Sarah Moore, a state conservation agency spokesperson. “So we have a ballpark estimate, but are still working on some more concrete numbers about the volume spilled.”


The incident was reported to state conservation officials at about 1:30 a.m. last Thursday.

The spill happened about 600 feet (183 meters) from the Selawik River, a source of water for the village.

The fuel tank holds just under 46,000 gallons (147,000 liters) of diesel while the water plant tank holds about 4,000 gallon (15,000 liters), Alaska’s Energy Desk reported.

U.S. Coast Guard officials arrived in the village on Tuesday to provide equipment and investigate the cleanup.

“In addition to investigating the causal factors of the incident, we are on site to assess any potential environmental impacts,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Dane Grulkey in a statement. “We are assisting our community and agency partners organize a safe, effective and coordinated response.”