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14,000 Gallons of Fuel Spill Into Creek On Fort Hood

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UPDATE: Fort Hood officials say they have contained the 14,000 gallons of jet fuel that spilled into Reece Creek this morning. They are now in the process of cleaning up the spill.

Officials say the spill reached about 1,200 meters, or three quarters of a mile, down the creek from the site of the spill on West Fort Hood. Fortunately the Reece tributary creek bed was dry, so the fuel did not reach flowing water that would have carried it further downstream.

Crews are using vacuum trucks to suck up the fuel that is standing several inches deep in some areas. With the fuel successfully contained, they do not believe the jet fuel will go beyond Fort Hood property.

However, officials did say if it rained the fuel could wash downstream and harm wildlife.

At this time no water sources or wildlife outside of Fort Hood were effected.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is evaluating what impact the fuel spill will have on Reece Creek, and Fort Hood is continuing the investigation into what caused the spill.

At this time they have pinpointed the source of the spill to a faulty overflow valve at the tank farms where the jet fuel is stored near the airbase.

Officials say this isn't the first time they've had a jet fuel spill. About six years ago, crews had to clean up about 10,000 gallons of fuel that spilled in the same area.

Crews expect to have the bulk of the fuel cleaned up by Friday, but it could take days or even weeks to have it completely cleaned. It's estimated the cost of the 14,000 gallons that spilled this morning cost more than $50,500.

 


From the Fort Hood Press Center:

FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood officials reported that a faulty overflow valve on a fuel pipeline resulted in a spill of JP8 fuel at approximately 7 a.m. Jan. 30 in the vicinity of Bulldog. 90057 on West Fort Hood near the flight line of Robert Gray Army Airfield.
 
Fort Hood emergency services personnel, Directorate of Emergency Services Hazardous Material teams along with Fort Hoods Directorate of Public Works spill response teams are on site and the spill has been contained. However, some fuel did make it into Reese Creek Waterway and DPW spill response crews are working to contain it.
 
Bell County residents near Mountain Ville Estates should avoid having live stock or residents from entering Reese Creek until officials have certified the water is safe. State and local officials have been notified and are responding to the scene.
 
The smell of JP8 can travel very long distances. If residents smell this in their area it does not mean there is a high concentration. JP8 fumes dissipate quickly and pose no danger to the public.
  
General questions from the public should be submitted through the Fort Hood Press Center at www.forthoodpresscenter.com.

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