Department of Environmental Conservation has revised downward the amount of
diesel fuel spilled from the U.S. Army Reserve landing craft Monterrey, which
was intentionally grounded late Friday night after hitting a charted rock, just
off shore of downtown Kodiak.
Russel, the ADEC's on-scene coordinator for Central Alaska, says at least 8,000
gallons were spilled from one of the Monterrey's fuel tanks, but the fuel in
another tank was partially pumped out after the accident. He says the range of
spilled fuel is between 8,000 and 12,000 gallons.
of diesel was strong and a rainbow sheen of fuel was widely visible on the
Kodiak waterfront all weekend. Russel says an extensive effort was made to
determine if any marine life or seabirds were harmed by the diesel spill, but
none were found.
are being used near the Monterrey, and sorbent pads are being used to sop up
concentrations of fuel. Russel says there are no plans to burn off or use
dispersants on the fuel. Oil booms were also placed at the mouth of the nearby Buskin
River to protect salmon spawning habitat. The Kodiak salmon fishery started on
Monterrey will remain grounded on Puffin Island, and surrounded by floating oil
booms, until the damaged tanks are empty and the ship's stability can be
assured. Then it will likely be taken to the nearby Coast Guard base.
according to Major Annmarie Daneker of the U.S. Army Reserve, a decision will
be made how to get the cargo of construction equipment to its destination near
Newtok on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta coast. An Alaska barge may be contracted,
or a similar landing craft will be sent up from Tacoma, Wash. She said a
decision has to be made soon because of Alaska's short summers and building
Monterrey was transporting heavy construction equipment from Port Hueneme
(w'eye-nee-mee), Calif., to Newtok on the coast between the Yukon and Kuskokwim
rivers, in support of a U.S. Marine Corps mission to relocate the village
because of erosion and melting permafrost.
crewmen suffered bumps and bruises when the Monterrey hit Humpback Rock and
were taken ashore for medical attention. They were treated and released and are
reported in good condition.