State responds to ‘oily water’ spill at Trans-Alaska Pipeline terminal in Valdez

The Valdez Marine Terminal. (Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Interior)

Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation is responding to an oil spill at the Marine Terminal in Valdez — at the end of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

On Sunday, equipment owned by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company malfunctioned and a mixture of North Slope Crude and water spilled under the snow. That mixture traveled over land and into the water in one of the tanker berths. 

As of 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Alyeska said that approximately 13,692 gallons of oily water had been recovered by an incident management team. Crews under contract with Alyeska have corralled a 30-foot by 30-foot area of oily water with fishing vessels and aircraft contracted to watch for any escapement.