Oil spill reported at Sitka Sound Science Center

    Sitka Sound Science Center

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The State Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating an oil spill at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

    The amount of oil released has not been determined and the source is unknown at this time.

    The spill was discovered mid-morning on November 18 near the center's hatchery penstocks which were empty at the time.  Oil was observed seeping from an exposed crack in the concrete seawall.

    The statement from DEC said potentially responsible parties include the center itself, the Sitka Fine Arts, and the State of Alaska who are property owners in the area.

    A Coast Guard contractor deployed containment and sorbent boom to recover as much oil as possible before it reached Sitka Sound.  Two layers of containment boom were also deployed near the penstocks.


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