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Fuel cleanup starts after spill in sound

July 24, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Crews started mopping up about 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled in wildlife-rich Prince William Sound when a fishing vessel ran aground, state environmental officials said in Anchorage.

Fuel from the Nordic Viking, which grounded Saturday night, had reached an island used as a resting place for seals and was coating an unknown amount of shoreline, but officials had yet to find any dead or injured animals, said John Brown at the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The cleanup could take weeks, he said.

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