• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 20s

Thousands of gallons of fuel spilled in Southeast Alaska

By Hope Miller 4:56 PM December 16, 2013

The ADEC is advising people to avoid harvesting shellfish near the fuel facility

ANCHORAGE – More than 5,000 gallons of fuel spilled into a harbor in Southeast Alaska Saturday.

The spill occurred in Kake shortly before 10 a.m. and was discovered by Kake Tribal Fuel Co. employees, according to a 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.

Initial reports speculated 7,000 gallons were spilled, but Kake Tribal Fuel Co. has since updated the estimate to 5,500 gallons, the ADEC said.

The spill response primarily focused on responder and community safety and vapor suppression in lieu of gathering and recovering the gasoline. That’s because these types of spills can quickly become flammable, said Sarah Moore, the state on scene coordinator.

A safety zone was set up around the facility and the local fire department misted the area with water to quell and disperse flammable vapors, the ADEC said.

On Sunday, there was no longer a sheen or odor around the fuel dock and vessels were able to return to the harbor, the ADEC said.

The area around the fuel facility is used recreationally to harvest shellfish, Moore said. The ADEC advises that people not harvest shellfish from the beaches near the facility.

“Shellfish consumption should be avoided where oil and/or sheens can be seen or smelled on the beach or if you see or smell oil on the animals,” the ADEC report said.

ADEC is coordinating with the Department of Health and Social Services to determine if shellfish sampling is needed.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Mat-Su Borough requests ownership of more than 500 acres of state tidelands

    by Steffi Lee on Jul 21, 22:12

    This past winter, when Japanese-based company Resources Energy Inc. pulled out of its plans to build a liquified natural gas plant at the Port MacKenzie, the bad news came as a shock. But Mat-Su Borough officials aren’t giving up. “We are in many discussions, but we haven’t nailed anything down just yet,” Borough manager John […]

  • News

    Inside the Gates: PTSD service dog guards the Guardian Angels

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 21, 22:06

    Every job has its stresses, but for the Pararescuemen of the Alaska Air National Guard 212th Rescue Squadron, their job is life and death. They have a special tool they use to cope with the worst days: a PTSD service dog. The dog, a chocolate lab, is named TOML. The acronym stands for “That Others […]

  • Lifestyle

    Rule change over feathers allows Alaskan Native artists to sprout wings

    by Dave Leval on Jul 21, 19:52

    Perry Eaton works on his latest art work. “The Spirit of the Halibut” is the latest mask made by the Kodiak native in his Mountain View studio. Eaton is Alutiiq. The feathers are one of the key parts to this project. “The majority of them are turkey feathers,” Eaton said, as he explained the feathers […]

  • Politics

    Alaska’s credit rating is now third worst in the nation. What does that mean?

    by Liz Raines on Jul 21, 19:45

    Alaska Lawmakers have yet to pass a long-term budget plan. Without one, Alaska went from having the highest credit rating in the nation to the third worst — in just 18 months. Moody’s was the most recent company to downgrade Alaska’s mark, from AAA in March of 2015 to Aa-3 last week, according to a press […]

  • Lifestyle

    Linkin Park singer died by hanging, coroner confirms

    by CBS News/Associated Press on Jul 21, 17:26

    LOS ANGELES — The L.A. County coroner confirmed Friday that Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington died by hanging. Coroner’s office spokesman Ed Winter said the 41-year-old rocker hanged himself from a bedroom door in his home near Los Angeles. Bennington was found dead Thursday. Winter said a half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the […]

  • Lifestyle

    Rise in drug-addicted babies prompts judge’s controversial solution

    by CBS News on Jul 21, 17:23

    America’s opioid crisis is expanding to a new class of victims—unborn children. Infants are being born with symptoms of withdrawal, also known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS. In the last decade, states like Tennessee have seen a ten-fold rise in the number of babies born with NAS. One judge in White County, Tennessee is […]

  • ‘Don’t [expletive] shoot’: Wife convicted of murder witnessed by parrot

    by Associated Press on Jul 21, 17:19

    WHITE CLOUD, Mich. – A jury has convicted a western Michigan woman of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband in a crime apparently witnessed by the man’s pet parrot. The Newaygo County jury deliberated about eight hours before finding 49-year-old Glenna Duram guilty Wednesday of killing 46-year-old Martin Duram. He was shot […]

  • News

    Decade after fatal accident, ice divers back on USCGC Healy

    by Heather Hintze on Jul 21, 17:02

    As the nation’s only Arctic icebreaker, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy is familiar with Alaska’s icy waters. Dive instructor Geri Cabrera is about to be, too. “I was fortunate to dive down in Antarctica with the Polar Star. So, coming up here to the North Pole is a check in the box for me. […]