94,000 gallons of jet fuel spilled at air station in Virginia, Navy estimates

94,000 gallons of jet fuel spilled at air station in Virginia, Navy estimates

Published time: 12 May, 2017 04:09

Edited time: 12 May, 2017 11:08

Crews are scrambling to keep the clean up of a major jet fuel spill at a military airport in Virginia Beach as “environmentally conscious as possible.” Officials say the majority of the spill at the Naval Air Station Oceana has been contained and no evacuations were ordered.

On Thursday, Navy spokesman Jim Moir said that fuel leaked from a tank into a ditch outside the base, according to a press release obtained by Associated Press.

Moir said the spill occurred when the fuel was being transferred from a truck to a storage tank Wednesday night and went unnoticed until 6:30am the next morning.

Another Navy spokesman, Tom Kreidel, told WAVY that roughly 94,000 gallons of JP-5 jet fuel had spilled, however, the Navy later said they were working with the city of Virginia Beach and the US Coast Guard to figure out the exact amount. 

Crews were able to prevent most of the fuel from traveling off the base, US Coast Guard and Navy officials said Thursday.

We have been able to isolate the product from coming off the base using earthen dams,” Captain Kevin Carroll with the US Coast Guard said at a press conference. “It’s important to note at this time that the majority of the product is still on the NAS Oceana installation and it is being removed at this time.

Carroll said crews are using vacuum trucks to separate the fuel from the water, which will then be emptied into “frac tanks” before being disposed of properly.



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