KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – The Coast Guard is disputing a claim that it gave permission for fuel oil to be stored in a building above a remote Alaska beach before a spill in February.
The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the Coast Guard denies it gave lodge operator Mark Krall permission to store oil in a bladder in a building on pilings on Shuyak Island about 50 miles northwest of Kodiak.
A February storm collapsed the building. The bladder broke, spilling nearly 3,000 gallons of oil.
The cleanup cost about $9 million.
Krall says old fuel oil was stored in a tank until it was punctured by a stray bullet in 2013.
Krall say the Coast Guard ordered him to get oil out of the tank and into the bladder.
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