Juneau Fuel Spill Traced to Warehouse

A 250-gallon fuel spill into Juneau's wastewater treatment system was traced to a warehouse belonging to Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska but a spokesman says a burglar is to blame.

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JUNEAU- A 250-gallon fuel spill into Juneau's wastewater treatment system was traced to a warehouse belonging to Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska but a spokesman says a burglar is to blame.

Elias Duran reports someone broke into the warehouse, tried to take an oil-fed heater and severed its fuel line, allowing petroleum to flow to a drain that leads to the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The leak Tuesday disrupted wastewater treatment.
Duran says the burglary probably occurred Sept. 19. Duran says the thief took $20,000 in equipment.
The theft was discovered when wastewater officials tracked the spill to the warehouse.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the council remains the responsible party. Spokeswoman Cheyenne Sanchez says she expects no environmental damage.