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Fuel transfer runs smoothly in iced-in Alaska city

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The transfer of 1.3 million gallons of fuel from a Russian tanker to fuel storage tanks in the iced-in Alaska city of Nome is going smoothly with one possible problem avoided.

Jason Evans, board chairman of Sitnasuak Native Corp., the company that arranged for the fuel delivery, said Tuesday the tanker's two hoses are pumping between 30,000 and 40,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel an hour.

Evans says one section of hose had to be switched out early Tuesday morning when a suspected bubble occurred in the line. He says the change-out went smoothly and there have been no spills since the pumping operation began Monday evening.

Officials with the companies involved in the fuel delivery to Nome say this is the first time that petroleum products have been delivered to a western Alaska community by sea in winter.

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