The spill reportedly occurred Monday morning after an abandoned building collapsed during extreme weather conditions. An oil fuel bladder located inside the building fell in the water releasing a max potential of 3,000 gallons of bunker C fuel oil, according to data provided by USCG. Weather at the time was sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts up to 75 mph.
Coast Guard, ADEC and Alaska Chadux Corporation personnel are currently responding to the fuel release. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conducted an overflight of the area. USCG opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and contracted with Alaska Chadux, an oil spill removal organization, to provide necessary resources to assist with the cleanup efforts.
Capt. Sean MacKenzie, Unified Command’s Federal on Scene Coordinator, said:
The Unified Command’s priorities are to limit environmental impacts through the containment and cleanup of the spill as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are working diligently to minimize the impact to wildlife and the environment.