Diesel fuel leaks from FAA facility
4 January 2012
Around 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel leaked at the Federal Aviation Administration facility in Illinois, US, on 28 December 2011.
The fuel escaped from a faulty underground fuel storage tank and flowed onto the pavement and Fox Metro Water Reclamation District storm sewer.
SET Environmental was responsible for the cleanup and reported that no contaminated or dead wildlife had been discovered.
The Aurora Fire Department was first made aware of the spill at 1am when between 20 and 100 gallons of fuel was estimated to have leaked. However the incident was not attended to until later that morning, by which time it had increased to almost 1,500 gallons.
It is not known how much of this spilled diesel ended up in Fox River, but the sheen spanned for 1.5 miles and was around 8 feet wide. By the early hours of 29 December over 900 gallons of fuel has been removed from the storm sewer and creek.