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Alyeska investigates crude release at terminal

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Alyeska Pipeline is responding to a release of crude oil onto water at the west end of the Valdez Marine Terminal near Berth 5. Crews have secured the source of the spill.

Crews at Berth 5 on the terminal reported seeing sheen on water at around 11:30 a.m. on 21 September. Alyeska stood up an Incident Management Team.

Teams on scene have boomed the area where sheen was visible and are carrying out spill response and recovery tactics, including skimming. A Helo is performing an overflight to assess containment.

There are currently no tankers docked at the berths. The volume of the release is estimated at lessthan100 gal.

“We are mobilising all available resources to ensure containment around the berth, as well as utilising staged containment and response equipment near the Terminal in Port Valdez,” said Scott Hicks, Incident Commander. “As residents of the area, we recognise and share the concerns of the communities and we want to protect them.”

Alyeska is co-operating with state and federal officials. There are no reported injuries, and no reports of affected wildlife.

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