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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

October 23, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Diesel-bearing barge adrift off Arctic Slope in heavy seas

The Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska  — U.S. and Canadian authorities are monitoring a barge carrying nearly 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel that’s drifting in the Beaufort Sea.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday the 134-foot barge broke free from its tow in Canadian waters during a severe storm earlier this week.

Canadian aircraft located the barge drifting west in U.S. waters. The U.S. Coast Guard says it will deploy aircraft to the Arctic Slope from Air Station Kodiak to continue tracking the ship.

The fuel tanks on board appear to be intact and don’t show signs of discharge.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the area is experiencing 40 mph winds and 12-foot seas.

Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard personnel are developing a response plan with the barge’s owner, Northern Transportation Corp.

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