Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Fuel and oil from a decades-old shipwreck has started to spill in Kodiak
The sunken fishing vessel, the F/V St. Patrick has begun leaking oil in Women's Bay, on Kodiak.
The spill was discovered by members of the public who saw the oil sheen and reported it to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on August 3rd. On August 10th, a dive team discovered that the leak was coming from several holes in the vessel where the heads of rivets had corroded away.
The same dive team installed wooden plugs into the pinholes left by the eroded rivets, but the leaking has not been fully contained. Dive crews are de-fueling the vessel by drilling into the hull using specialized equipment and sucking up any oil the divers come across.
The volume of fuel, oil, and lubricant stored during the St. Patrick's normal operation is unknown. Wildlife observations by the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge are on-going. As of August 26th there have been no impacts on wildlife or shoreline reported.
Women's Bay is critical habitat for multiple species listed under the endangered species act.