58-Year-Old Shipwreck Oil Removed

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau

Divers have finished pumping oil out of the princess Kathleen.

Operations at the Point Lena shipwreck north of Juneau have ended with at least 110,000 gallons of bunker or heavy fuel oil removed. The total is over 146,000 gallons when counting the rest of the oily water and other oils sucked out of the wreck.

The joint State, DEC and Coast Guard operation started in February after continued reports of sheens from the 58-year old shipwreck. The main contractor started actual pumping of the oil in late April.

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