SHERMAN TOWNSHIP – A fuel leak in Lac La Belle was reported to the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office last week, the sheriff said in a press release. The incident occurred at a rental dock of a commercial fishing operator.
A preliminary investigation found that the spill occurred in a 275-gallon fuel tank not in use by the fishery.
Thieves cut the fuel lines while trying to siphon the gas. They probably filled containers and spilled fuel on the ground, after which the remains of the tank spilled into the lake.
The delegates are asking for the public’s help in identifying the individuals involved. Tips can be called the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office at 906-337-0528.
According to the report, local residents reported hearing a truck idling in the area around 4 a.m. Thursday.
Sheriff Curt Pennala said the spill is under control and that MJO Contracting is carrying out the cleanup with its equipment, along with US Coast Guard equipment.
On Tuesday, Pennala said his department has statements from a number of people and they are following various directions.
County delegates were assisted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources; the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy; the US Coast Guard; Houghton County Emergency Services Coordinator Chris Van Arsdale; and MJO Contracting.