Following the discovery on Tuesday of up to 55,000 gallons of diesel fuel that had leaked into one of the legs of the Tyonek platform in the Cook Inlet, responders are lightering the fuel out of the leg, the U.S. Coast Guard told Petroleum News today. Oil spill response organization Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response Inc. is on scene assisting with the response. The Coast Guard is also on scene overseeing the operation.
Since yesterday CISPRI has been pumping the fuel from the leg into a tank for transfer to shore in batches for safe discharge. There is no oil sheen visible in the water adjacent the platform and potential pollution remains inside the platform leg, the Coast Guard said.
The Tyonek platform is the production platform for the North Cook Inlet gas field. ConocoPhillips recently sold the platform to Hilcorp Alaska.
- ALAN BAILEY
See story in Dec. 11 issue, available Friday, Dec. 9 at www.PetroleumNews.com