Sunken boat spilled 10,000 gallons of fuel

Posted: Friday, August 07, 2009

ANCHORAGE - State environmental officials say a supply boat that sank earlier this year has spilled more than 10,000 gallons of fuel into Alaska's Cook Inlet.

KTUU-TV reports that the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday about 12,800 gallons of diesel fuel and lube oil leaked into the water when the Monarch sank Jan. 15.

The 166-foot oil supply boat sank with an estimated 30,000 gallons of diesel fuel onboard during a delivery to an oil rig platform.

The DEC says more than 10,000 gallons have been recovered and another 10,000 remain on the ship. It says dive operations will continue until all the fuel is recovered.

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