Weather delays efforts to clean up fuel spill

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2008

SELAWIK - Weather is delaying clean up efforts of a fuel spill at the tank farm in the village of Selawik.

The Alaska Department of Conservation said conditions Monday included blowing snow and temperatures of minus 50, preventing flights.

The size of the Wednesday diesel fuel spill has been revised to 5,385 gallons. It had initially been estimated between 5,000 gallons and 10,000 gallons.

The state said it would send additional spill recovery equipment to the village, about 75 miles east of Kotzebue.

It appeared that the spill happened 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.

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