By Melinda Munson

At approximately 9 p.m. on Nov. 17, Skagway Police Chief Jerry Reddick left his post during the assembly meeting and indicated Borough Manager Brad Ryan should follow. When Ryan returned and proceeded to step out of the meeting multiple times, it became apparent something was awry.

That something was a fuel leak at Petro Marine Services. According to Timothy Cochran, plant manager for Petro Maine, “the containment did its job. Nothing escaped into the water – we recovered virtually everything.” 

While Cochran stated there was “a little bit of spray” in the heavy winds, he said there is “no worry about contamination.”

The exact amount of fuel leaked has not been specified. Petro Marine is working with the Department of Environmental Conservation as dictated by protocol. 

Cochran did not want to comment further on the incident until more information was available. He said additional details will be “forthcoming.”

Neither Reddick nor Ryan were available for comment.