- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

SITKA, Alaska (AP) - Officials estimate that about 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel leaked into Sitka Sound following the discovery of a leak at the city’s power plant.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports (https://is.gd/jPbZbt) 30,000 gallons of diesel spilled from a storage tank into a backup containment area. However, city administrator Mark Gorman says some of that was accidentally released into the city’s storm water system when a release valve failed.

Officials said they recovered 23,000 gallons. They said it was unlikely that all of the remaining 7,000 gallons went into the sound especially since diesel evaporates quickly.

Cleanup efforts continued Monday, involving local, state and federal officials. Authorities are investigating what impact it may have on fish in the Indian River area, where the first report of diesel came in Saturday. Salmon are running in the river.

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Information from: Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel, https://www.sitkasentinel.com/

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