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Damage assessment and restoration plan and environmental assessment for the January 11, 2010 Adak Petroleum diesel spill
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    United States, National Ocean Service., Office of Response and Restoration ; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ; Alaska, Department of Law. ; ... More ▼
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    "On January 11, 2010, up to 142,000 gallons of #2 diesel fuel was released from a 4.8 million gallon underground tank at the Adak Petroleum Bulk Fuel facility on Adak Island in the central Aleutian Islands of Alaska. Fuel was being transferred from a tanker at the adjacent loading dock when the tank was overfilled. The containment sump unit was overwhelmed and the fuel entered Helmet Creek which flows into the Small Boat Harbor in the Port of Adak. Most of the diesel was confined to the creek, and possibly more than a thousand gallons flowed out to Sweeper Cove. Following the spill, dead fish were collected from Helmet Creek, and diesel was observed in the creek as well as absorbed into the riparian habitat. It is also likely that pink salmon and Dolly Varden eggs, riparian habitat, and aquatic insects were affected in the creek and associated riparian area. The spill may also have affected marine shellfish. In addition, as many as eight marine birds may have died due to oil exposure and subsequent hypothermia. Federal and State Natural Resource Trustees (Trustees) are pursuing claims for natural resource damages relating to this spill in accordance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), 33 U.S.C. 270, et. seq. As part of this process, the Trustees have assessed the injuries caused by the spill and are working with Adak Petroleum to resolve its liability through the restoration and rehabilitation of natural resources injured by the oil discharge. Adak Petroleum will be responsible for implementing restoration at the Helmet Creek site in cooperation with the Trustees, who will be supervising this work. This Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (DARP/EA) describes the impact of the oil spill on the environment in the Helmet Creek area, while outlining potential restoration alternatives considered by the Trustees and also examining the direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of these alternatives on the human environment. The draft for this Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment was presented to the public for comment by the Natural Resource Trustees"--Executive Summary (page ii).

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