Between 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of fuel spill in Selawik

Posted: Friday, January 25, 2008

SELAWIK - A fuel spill has occurred at the tank farm in the village of Selawik.

The Alaska Department of Conservation says the manager of the village store estimated the size of the spill at between 5,000 and 10,000 gallons.

Selawik is about 75 miles east of Kotzebue.

It appears the spill was caused Wednesday when the automatic shut-off for the pump that transfers fuel from the storage tank to the day tank malfunctioned, causing the tank to overfill.

DEC says a spill responder is on the way to the village. A diesel pump and hoses also are being flown to the town. Several tanks in the tank farm can be used to hold the recovered fuel.

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