Anchorage, AK (AP) - An estimated 15 gallons of oil has been spilled in the Anchor River north of Homer near the village of Nikolaevsk in early December, but wasn't reported until recently.
According to the Associated Press, the box truck used to haul appliances crashed on December 4th. It was owned by Alaska Trucking of Soldotna.
According to Candice Barber, the spokeswoman of the Department of Environmental Conservation, claimed that neither the agency nor Alaska State Troopers were notified about the truck going into the river, which was mostly frozen over.
It wasn't until DEC received a citizen complaint and reached the scene on Wednesday afternoon. An agency responder was said to have smelled the diesel, but did not see the telltale sheen on the water. That responder worked to removed the stained ice and snow.
The spill was first reported by Kenai radio station KSRM.