No evidence spill has harmed wildlife, state official says

Associated PressJune 12, 2012 

KODIAK -- State officials have revised downward the amount of diesel fuel estimated to have spilled off Kodiak and say there has been no evidence that wildlife has been harmed, according to KMXT-FM.

The spill occurred Friday when a U.S. Army Reserve landing craft went aground after hitting a charted rock just offshore from downtown Kodiak. The state's on-scene coordinator, Steven Russel, says at least 8,000 gallons was spilled from one of the Monterrey's fuel tanks. He says fuel in another tank was partially pumped out.

Russel says the range of spilled fuel is between 8,000 and 12,000 gallons. A previous estimate had put the spill up to 15,000 gallons.

Floating booms have been placed around the vessel. Russel says there are no plans to burn off or use dispersant on the fuel.

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