Disel Fuel Spills at Unalakleet Utility Cooperative

The Associated Press

State environmental officials say an estimated 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled at a utility cooperative in Unalakleet. Officials from the Unalakleet Valley Electric Co-op told the Department of Environmental Conservation that a power house tank was overfilled and fuel was released into a secondary containment area covered by ice and snow. The incident occurred Sunday during fuel transfer operations. A DEC responder was scheduled to reach the community Wednesday to aid in the response and to evaluate the containment area. The agency says final cleanup likely will wait until spring or summer.

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