On March 18, 2013 the federal and State natural resource trustees opened a 30-day public comment period on the draft “Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the January, 2010 Adak Petroleum Diesel Spill.” This draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan presents natural resource restoration alternatives evaluated by the trustees and identifies five preferred projects intended to restore natural resources injured by the January 2010 release of diesel fuel from the Adak Petroleum Bulk Fuel facility on Adak Island in the central Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
The natural resource trustees in this case include:
The oil spill happened on January 11, 2010 at the Adak Petroleum Bulk Fuel facility at the Port of Adak on Adak Island, 1,200 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. An estimated 143,000 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled when an underground storage tank at Helmet Creek Tank Farm was overfilled during a fuel transfer operation from the tanker Al-Amerat, moored nearby at a loading dock. The spilled diesel entered Helmet Creek, traveling the lower 2 km of the Creek to Adak Small Boat Harbor and eventually Sweeper Cove, fouling riparian habitat, wetland,s marine habitat and shorelines. Natural resources -- including anadromous fish, marine shellfish, migratory birds and their habitats -- were injured by the spilled diesel.
The trustees have prepared this draft Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan to examine and select preferred alternatives for restoring natural resources injured by the diesel spill. The preferred restoration alternative proposed by the trustees includes the following five projects:
The trustees are working cooperatively with the responsible party, Adak Petroleum. Under trustee supervision, Adak Petroleum, is prepared to fund and implement these restoration projects. A Consent Decree will be negotiated to resolve the responsible party’s liability for natural resource damages.
Written comments on the Draft Restoration Plan must be received by NOAA’s Assessment and Restoration Division by April 30, 2013.