Wind causes oil spill north of City of Kodiak

A snapshot of the spill on Shuyak Island. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation)

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

On Monday, high winds knocked up to 3,000 gallons of fuel off a dock roughly 50 miles north of the City of Kodiak.

According to a situation report from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, gusts of more than 80 mph Monday toppled a fuel bladder at Port Williams on Shuyak Island.

The United States Coast Guard has contracted with Anchorage-based Alaska Chadux for cleanup.

Matthew Melton, general manager with Chadux, said Tuesday their crew is on standby in the City of Kodiak due to wind.

“There’s a lot of people that are ready to rock and roll. We’re just waiting for the weather to lay down so we can get out there and be able to work safety.”

Shuyak is the site of Port Williams Seaplane Base and the area is labeled as critical habitat for both sea otters and Steller sea lions.

Correction 2/29:  Port Williams Seaplane Base is not owned by Ocean Beauty Seafoods as previously reported.

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