By The Associated Press
Channel 2 News
12:08 PM AKST, November 24, 2012
Crews are working to contain a diesel spill after a tug ran aground, but bad weather is hampering the effort.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Services says the tug Polar Wind has lost about 6,000 gallons of fuel since it and a barge went aground November 13 on uninhabited Ukolnoi Island, 40 miles from Alaska's Cold Bay.
The Coast Guard says an aerial survey has show a fuel sheen and crews deployed containment boom to minimize environmental impact.
The Environmental department says there's no sign of impact to wildlife. The site is within designated critical habitat for Stellar sea lions and sea otters.
The department says a team aboard the tug has determined that it was carrying 20,500 gallons of diesel fuel, while the barge had about 800 gallons.
It says the response has been hampered by bad weather, with winds at times reaching 40 mph and seas as high as 14 feet.
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