Underground leaked jet fuel headed towards ABQ municipal wells

By: July 27, 2017 12:22 pmViews: 17

ALBUQUERQUE — The jet fuel that has been seeping into the ground for decades from a spill at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque has migrated thousands of feet toward drinking-water wells connected to the aquifer that provides 60% of Albuquerque’s drinking water, according to at least one report.

The leak was first detected in 1999 and is considered one of the largest fuel leaks in history – estimated at twice the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.

The cancellation of this week’s meeting to update the public on the progress on cleaning up the decades-old jet fuel leak has angered local environmental groups.

We have attempted to contact the County Water Authority but our calls have not been returned by press time. This story will be revised if there is any updates.

 

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