Marines Say 8,000 Gallons Of Spilled Fuel Recovered At Air Station

Marines at New River say just over 8,000 gallons of spilled jet fuel has been recovered after last week's leak at the air station.

A state report says a contractor broke the existing fuel line as they were working on building a new one. Some 9,000 gallon of jet fuel leaked out last Tuesday afternoon.

New River says the leak in the fuel line has been repaired and tested on Friday, restoring full use of the pipeline.

Marines say they have recovered as much of the spilled fuel as possible and have now shifted their efforts to remediation.

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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. (AP) -- A spokeswoman says workers at Marine Corps Air Station New River have recovered 6,400 gallons of fuel that leaked from a pipeline.

A statement issued Wednesday said a Coast Guard unit from Wilmington helped with cleanup by providing an additional 500 feet of oil-absorbing boom to the air station.

It was expected to take several days for workers at New River to clean up the estimated 8,000 to 10,000-gallon fuel spill.

Corps spokeswoman 1st Lt. Kristin Dalton says the leak was discovered Tuesday in a pipeline that transferred fuel from a storage area to refueling tanks. She says the fuel was cut off and gates in a nearby ditch were closed to contain the spill.

New River is one of the service's largest aviation centers on the East Coast.

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A state report says a contractor installing a new jet fuel line at the New River Air Station broke the existing line, causing thousands of gallons of fuel to spill.

The Marine Corps says the pipeline leak was discovered around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday while personnel were transferring fuel from the fuel farm to rapid refueler tanks.

The Department of Environment & Natural Resources incident report, obtained by WITN News, says the contractor was digging a hole and hit the existing line. The state characterizes the release as a large spill.

The report says 9,000 gallons of JP-5 jet fuel leaked, some of that into a drainage ditch. The Marine Corps says there should be no effect to drinking water because of the spill.

The state Division of Waste Management has officials at the scene today. The state says so far the Marine Corps has recovered about 5,500 gallons of the jet fuel.

Marines says once the leak was discovered they stopped the fueling and secured all cut-off valves along the pipeline. Base environmental officials put out oil-absorbing booms along the ditch and vacuum trucks are on scene collecting free-standing fuel.

The U.S. Coast Guard brought in about 500 feet of boom to assist with clean up. Marines say they estimate the cleanup to take a few days.

New River says it is investigating how the leak happened.

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