Osan emergency workers respond to base fuel spill
Emergency response personnel rushed to a fuel spill on Osan Air Base, South Korea, at about 8:30 p.m. Friday, base officials announced.
Officials estimate about 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from a 10,000-gallon tank that supports a heating unit near Building No.712, a dormitory.
According to a base news release, freezing temperatures caused a line to the fuel filter to break.
The spill came just one day after a fuel spill at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea.
The Kunsan spill occurred near the flight line while an aircraft was being refueled.
Early reports estimated 6,000 to 7,000 gallons of JP8, jet fuel, spilled into an overflow-containment system and about 700 gallons leaked out of it. Officials said the spilled fuel was kept to within about 100 feet of where the aircraft was being fueled.
But Kunsan officials later said the reports were premature, that they weren’t sure how much fuel spilled.
Kunsan officials said Friday that after around-the-clock efforts, they had finished cleaning up the spill.
Col. Guy Dahlbeck, 8th Fighter Wing commander, said in a news release: “We have also begun a thorough investigation and will implement preventative measures as soon as we determine the cause. We are very satisfied with the cleanup effort and have no safety concerns for the people on this base or the surrounding area.”