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About 750 gallons of fuel and water recovered from spill in Selawik, state says

About 750 gallons of diesel and water have been recovered from a spill that Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation officials said occurred during a fuel tank transfer.

State conservation officials said the Nov. 25 spill in the village of Selawik happened after workers started transferring fuel from a city fuel tank to a water treatment plant tank. The reasons for the spill and the amount spilled are still under investigation, officials said.

“We know that 35,000 gallons is still in the tank and is not threatening to release at this time,” said Sarah Moore, a state conservation agency spokesperson. “So we have a ballpark estimate, but are still working on some more concrete numbers about the volume spilled.”

The incident was reported to state conservation officials at about 1:30 a.m. last Thursday.

The spill happened about 600 feet from the Selawik River, a source of water for the village.

The fuel tank holds just under 46,000 gallons of diesel while the water plant tank holds about 4,000 gallon, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported.

U.S. Coast Guard officials arrived in the village on Tuesday to provide equipment and investigate the cleanup.

“In addition to investigating the causal factors of the incident, we are on site to assess any potential environmental impacts,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Dane Grulkey in a statement. “We are assisting our community and agency partners organize a safe, effective and coordinated response.”