Italian authorities are investigating a leak in a pipeline that carries fuel to a number of military bases across the north of the country — including Aviano Air Base — according to numerous local media reports.
The site of the leak, discovered Monday near the town of Monticello Conte Otto in the province of Vicenza, is reportedly near that of a failed sabotage attempt on the same pipeline last summer, according to reports.
The line, which originates in the Italian port city of La Spezia, is referred to in some of the reports as belonging to the Italian military and in others as controlled by NATO.
U.S. military authorities in Vicenza said the military community there does not use the pipeline and they had no information about the leak.
Second Lt. Kimberley Schaerdel, a public affairs officer for the 31st Fighter Wing in Aviano, said the base had been assured that the leak would be repaired. She said the wing didn’t expect any operations to be disrupted.
Further queries were referred to Italian air force officials, who could not be reached for comment.
Media reports said that local fire department and environmental control teams had responded to the leak and expressed concerns that the spilled fuel — referred to as kerosene in several reports — was contaminating local water supplies.
Valentina Lehman provided translation for this report.