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At least 8,000 gallons of fuel spilled in Southeast

By Hope Miller 4:45 PM January 31, 2014

Health officials are advising against personal use and subsistence shellfish harvesting due to the threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning.

ANCHORAGE – Between 8,000 to 9,000 gallons of fuel spilled into a harbor in Southeast Alaska last month, according to a report.

The spill occurred in Kake Dec. 14, and was discovered by Kake Tribal Fuel Co. employees, according to an initial situation report from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. It was caused by a floating fuel dock severing the fuel line — which ran from the storage tank to a boat fueling station — when the tide changed overnight, officials said.

“No sheen or gasoline odor associated with the spill has been reported” since the day of the spill, according to a second and final situation report from ADEC.

The fuel dock, however, remains closed as it undergoes repairs, ADEC said.

No gasoline or petroleum was detected on shellfish samples from Point White Junior Beach, Long Beach, the beach at Gunnuck Creek and Mosquito Island.

ADEC and the Department of Health and Human Services, however, advise against personal use and subsistence shellfish harvesting due to the threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning.

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