VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Navy has explained how the spilled 94,000 litres of aviation fuel around Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach: Officials say that a switch is in the wrong position during the night.
Local news media report that officials say the fuel was accidentally led on May 10, in a 2000 liter tank, instead of a tank with a capacity of 880,000 gallons. The smaller tank is overcrowded, and the stain was not discovered until the next morning.
The Navy said at a press conference Friday that they are still investigating how the switch ended up in the wrong position.
Officials say 25,000 gallons of the spilled fuel ran out of the base, and polluted waterways. An expected two-day cleaning has taken nine days and counting, with crews still working to contain the flow and absorb fuel.