Oil spill cleanup effort continues in Shuyak Strait

Inflatable containment boom has been deployed as cleanup efforts continue in an oil spill some 49 miles north of Kodiak.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said responders are continuing to conduct site assessments and implement preliminary efforts in the Feb. 26 spill of up to 3,000 gallons of bunker fuel.  The incident occurred after an abandoned building collapsed at Port William on the southern end of Shuyak Island, some 50 miles north northwest of the city of Kodiak.

According to a report from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, wind gusts exceeding 80 miles an hour pushed the building with a fuel bladder off a dock, causing the bladder to rupture and release its contents.

Coast Guard and DEC officials said they were working with Alaska Chadux LLC on cleanup efforts.

There have been no reports of impacted wildlife in the immediate or outlying areas of the spill site. Teams were continuing to conduct twice-daily wildlife assessments in the area, which supports northern sea otters and Steller sea lions, both of which are listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Response crews were waiting for an assessment of the structural stability of the dock and the building before implementing cleanup of debris at the site, the Coast Guard said.

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