- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - A fuel spill in Kodiak Island’s Womens Bay has been traced to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research ship.

Jade Gamble with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the spill is estimated at 1,640 gallons.

KMXT (https://is.gd/M0qkGr) reports an oily sheen in the bay was traced to NOAA research ship Rainier, docked at Nyman Peninsula on the Kodiak Coast Guard base.

NOAA spokesman David Hall says NOAA is working with the Coast Guard to minimize environmental impacts.

Hall says the incident is being investigated.

Gamble says the spill was traced to a rupture in the vessel’s bulkhead between a fuel tank and a water tank.

Absorbent boom and a fuel skimmer have been employed at the site.

The spill was reported Monday.


Information from: KMXT-FM, https://www.kmxt.org

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