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FORT HOOD (January 30, 2014) A faulty valve caused a 14,000-gallon jet fuel spill early Thursday morning at Fort Hood and some of the fuel did end up in the Reese Creek waterway, the post said.
A public works team was able to contain the fuel in dry portion of the creek about three-quarters of mile from the fuel farm where the spill occurred at around 7 a.m. Thursday near the flight line of Robert Gray Army Airfield on West Fort Hood, the post said.
“Environmental officials have stated the JP8 fuel is not expected to flow off post or enter any water supply locations,” Fort Hood said Thursday afternoon.
“The water on and off Fort Hood is safe to drink. There is currently no danger to fish or wildlife off post,” the post said.
The odor of the fuel can travel long distances, Fort Hood said, so if residents do smell it, that does not mean there’s a high concentration.
The fumes dissipate quickly and pose no danger to the public, Fort Hood said.
State and local officials have been notified, Fort Hood said.