UPDATED: Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 12:05am
Fort Hood, TX — UPDATE- The Fort Hood JP8 fuel spill was estimated to be approximately 14,000 gallons. Directorate of Public Works spill team officials successfully contained the fuel within a dry portion of Reese Creek approximately 1,200 meters (.75 miles) south of the fuel farm where the spill occurred.
Environmental officials have stated the JP8 fuel is not expected to flow off post or enter any water supply locations.
The water on and off Fort Hood is safe to drink. There is currently no danger to fish or wildlife off post.
Fort Hood officials reported that a faulty overflow valve on a fuel pipeline resulted in a spill of JP8 fuel at approximately 7 a.m. Jan. 30 in the vicinity of Bldg. 90057 on West Fort Hood near the flight line of Robert Gray Army Airfield.
Fort Hood emergency services personnel, Directorate of Emergency Services Hazardous Material teams along with Fort Hoods Directorate of Public Works spill response teams are on site and the spill has been contained.
However, some fuel did make it into Reese Creek Waterway and DPW spill response crews are working to contain it.
Bell County residents near Mountain View Estates should avoid having live stock or residents from entering Reese Creek until officials have certified the water is safe.
State and local officials have been notified and are responding to the scene.
The smell of JP8 can travel very long distances. If residents smell this in their area it does not mean there is a high concentration. JP8 fumes dissipate quickly and pose no danger to the public.
Fort Hood Public Affairs will release more information as it becomes available.