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Redoubt: Drift River oil removal successful 1 May 2009

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The second round of oil removal from the Drift River Oil Terminal beneath currently-erupting Mount Redoubt has been successfully completed. From a U.S. Coast Guard news release:

About 60 percent of the initial 6.2 million gallons (148,000 barrels) of the stored oil in tanks 1 and 2 at the Drift River Terminal was removed in the April 6 draw down. That volume of oil has been further reduced to about 7 percent of the initial 6.2 million gallons. At least 5,040,000 gallons (120,000 barrels) of water was pushed back into the tanks from the Mississippi Voyager to ensure the tanks do not become buoyant in the event of a flood.

The news release begins by saying that ‘The potential threat posed by the stored oil at the Drift River Oil Terminal has been reduced approximately 93 percent’. It seems, however, that those running the terminal regard the current shutdown as temporary and plan to clean it up and reopen it once the present eruptive phase at Redoubt is over, thus getting the potential threat back up to 100 percent again.

For all our Redoubt coverage: Redoubt « The Volcanism Blog.

News
Update: Additional oil successfully removed from Drift River – U.S. Coast Guard news release, 30 April 2009
Additional oil successfully removed from Drift RiverAlaska Reports, 30 April 2009
Drawing downFairbanks Daily News-Miner, 1 May 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Redoubt – summary information for Redoubt (1103-03-)
Alaska Volcano Observatory – Redoubt – AVO information and updates for Redoubt
Alaska Volcano Observatory – main page for the AVO

The Volcanism Blog

Comments

1. SHIRAKAWA Akira - 2 May 2009

Not exactly related, but I made a timelapse video of the growth and change over two weeks of time of the lava dome on the summit of Redoubt Volcano with footage from the Hut webcam. It turned out pretty good! HD version available too:


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