(Reuters) – A spill of about 18,000 gallons (81,830 liters) of diesel fuel at North Slope Borough’s Point Lay tank farm in Alaska was prevented, believed to have been caused by a sealing valve failure, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said. said (ADEC) on Friday.
The cause is still under investigation, “and there is no evidence of fuel escaping from the secondary storage tank and into the environment – at this time, there is no impact on the surrounding land or wildlife. wild in the region,” ADEC said in a statement.
“A scheduled charter flight will depart Anchorage this morning with additional spill response equipment to assist with response and fuel recovery,” it added.
“The plan is to pump the fuel into portable tanks, separate it from any water that may have mixed with it, and then recycle the fuel.”
The tank farm has a sufficient supply through November. ADEC and the US Coast Guard are monitoring the situation, the department said.
The tank farm, which is linked to the North Slope Borough’s Department of Public Works, stores and distributes fuel oil for electricity generation, home and facility heating and equipment operation, as well as diesel and gasoline for retail consumers, a local media report https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/Rural-alaska/2022/08/11/thousand-gallons-oil-diesel-fuel- overflow-in-point-lay /? enowpopup & enowparentmodules = opsconsole-csm, use-tracking-csm%2Cdata-api-proxy-csm says.