Officials of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation say they have received reports of oiled wildlife on St. Lawrence Island in the Gambell and Savoonga communities.
The Alaska Department fo Environmental Conservation received word from the National Response Center on November 7th regarding an unknown discharge, which effected wildlife and caused oil soaked debris to wash ashore.
There have been confirmed reports of oiled wildlife including: three common murres, one crested auklet and two spotted seals.
The product that was spilled is still unknown, but the ADEC sent samples to an Anchorage laboratory to characterize it.
The United States Coast Guard and ADEC are working with the communities to investigate the discharge and control the source.
An over flight by the USCG reported no visible sheen in the waters surrounding St. Lawrence Island.
ADEC said it plans to monitor the situation and determine the cause of the pollution.