Diesel spill at Arctic Alaska tank farm contained, reports say

The spill of of 18,000 gallons occurred on Wednesday morning.

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A 2016 photo shows the village of Point Lay and the Chukchi Sea. (Andrea Medeiros / USFWS)

A spill of about 18,000 gallons (81,830 liters) of diesel fuel at a tank farm in Point Lay in Alaska has been contained, according to a report from the Anchorage Daily News on Thursday.

The spill, which occurred on Wednesday morning was likely caused by a failed valve in a pump, the report said.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters.

The tank farm, associated with the North Slope Borough’s Public Works Department, stores and dispenses fuel oil for power generation, home and facility heating and equipment operation, as well as diesel and gasoline to retail consumers, the report said.

Reporting by Kavya Guduru in Bengaluru.