Thousands of gallons of fuel spills near river

Thousands of gallons of fuel spills near river
April 16, 2013 Fred Monrean, Jr.
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“Yukon River Canada” Photo by Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire 2009

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spilled near the Yukon River when a tanker trailer overturned.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that about 3,200 gallons of diesel fuel spilled last week within 150 yards of the river near the village of Rampart, about 80 miles northwest of Fairbanks.

The fuel was spilled when a bulldozer pulling a tanker trailer lost control on a road west of the airport.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation officials say the trailer rolled into a ditch where its aluminum tank ruptured. A report issued Monday says 580 gallons were pumped from the trailer, which is not leaking.

Cleanup of the contaminated snow has not begun.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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