Responders fear harm from Yukon River fuel spills

Posted: Friday, May 15, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Responders from the state Department of Environmental Conservation say it could be months before they know if the Yukon River will suffer lasting effects from fuel spills caused by flooding.

On-scene coordinator Ed Meggert said damage was extensive over several villages.

Late last week, an oil sheen could be seen and smelled in Eagle village.

Officials fear fuel might contaminate water wells in several villages.

Some villages Wednesday remained partially submerged or covered by ice chunks the size of boulders.

Meggert said it could be some time before a realistic assessment can be made.

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