Coast Guard News
17th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
Date: Dec. 14, 2013
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs Kodiak
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Coast Guard coordinates, monitors response to gasoline spill in Southeast Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard is monitoring and coordinating response efforts to a gasoline spill in Kake, Saturday.
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the city of Kake first responders worked together to mitigate the reported spill of 7,000 gallons of gasoline in the local harbor. All vessels were removed from the harbor and local police secured access to the area and holding tank. The local fire department also assisted by using vapor mist to aid in clean up and drive away the fumes.
Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a report of approximately 7,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline spilled due to a rupture in a tank’s pipeline in the harbor. The pipeline ran beneath a floating pier and was severed by the pier during tidal changes overnight.
“The Coast Guard is providing oversight and coordination of the cleanup to ensure the mitigation of any potential environmental harm,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Chad Mountcastle, a Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center supervisor. “The coordination between the Coast Guard, city of Kake and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation resulted in faster dissipation of the spill for the safety of all residents.”
The weather at the time of the incident was reportedly winds at 20 mph that blew the fumes away from the city.
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