Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2000

Bartlett offers Healing Touch sessions

JUNEAU - Bartlett Regional Hospital is introducing the Healing Touch approach for patients who request it.

Healing Touch is a method that balances the body's energy and promotes natural healing. Both light-contact and no-contact techniques are employed. Some studies have shown the method can decrease pain or speed the rate of healing.

Individuals interested in becoming Healing Touch volunteers are invited to attend a discussion and demonstration of the technique from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in classroom 204 of Bartlett's administration building.

Jet fuel leaks from Anchorage pipeline

ANCHORAGE - An abandoned underground pipeline may have leaked up to 80,000 gallons of jet fuel in an Anchorage neighborhood, according to state environmental officials.

The contamination was initially blamed on a nearby gas station, but a lawsuit over cleanup costs led to the discovery that the real culprit was the pipeline, which for decades carried jet fuel from the Port of Anchorage to Anchorage International Airport.

The pipeline was built in 1962 and shut down last year after a new pipeline was opened along Cook Inlet.

The leaked fuel contaminated groundwater, but has not spread to within a quarter-mile of drinking water wells, said Robert Weimer, an environmental technician with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

``No one is drawing drinking water from the area where this contamination is, so there's not a current risk. But the product needs to be recovered,'' he said.

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