Multiple bags of 'oily waste' collected from oil spill in Shuyak Strait

From U.S.Coast Guard / DVIDS

KODIAK, Alaska (KTUU) Six bags of "oily waste" have been collected as crews continue to monitor the site of an oil spill in Shuyak Strait.

The spill initially occurred Monday morning, “after an abandoned building collapsed during extreme weather conditions,” 49 miles north of Kodiak, according to a release from the Coast Guard. The collected waste is being stored on Nuka Island, the Coast Guard wrote in a media update Sunday.

Officials previously reported absorbent materials have been set within the boom to collect the “spilled product.”Officials said there have been no reports of wildlife being impacted, but teams are conducting wildlife assessments in the area twice a day.

On site debris cleanup will begin when response crews are given an assessment of the dock’s structural stability, according to the Coast Guard.

"Our responders are diligently making progress on site assessment and oil containment," said Capt. Sean MacKenzie, Unified Command's Federal on Scene Coordinator. "Since arriving on scene the Unified Command has gained a better understanding of the next steps needed for site cleanup."

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