Thousands of gallons of Navy jet fuel spilled at Oceana, traffic diverted near base
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Thousands of gallons of spilled jet fuel at Oceana Naval Air Station weren’t discovered Thursday morning before some already had seeped into the Lynnhaven River watershed that crosses under a major road and by some neighborhoods.
The Coast Guard said it had contained the spill in Wolfsnare Creek, while Navy officials said air- and water-quality monitoring showed it wasn’t endangering the public.
“Right now, all of our measurements have not even come close to where there’s any threat to human health,” Coast Guard Capt. Kevin Carroll, deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads, said during a Thursday afternoon news conference.
Tens of thousands of gallons of jet fuel escaped when a line at the base’s bulk fuel facility began leaking unnoticed Wednesday, according to Beth Baker, a Navy Region Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman.