About 14,000 gallons of jet fuel spilled into Reese Creek this morning and Fort Hood officials are warning livestock owners to keep animals away from it.
A faulty overflow valve on a fuel pipeline resulted in a spill of "JP8 fuel" around 7 this morning near West Fort Hood's Building 90057, a fuel storage facility, close to the flight line of Robert Gray Army Airfield, according to a news release from Fort Hood.
Fort Hood emergency services personnel, Directorate of Emergency Services Hazardous Material teams and 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 and DPW spill response crews are working to contain it.
"We are working with maintenance to get access to where the fuel pooled up and doing the initial clean up," said Riki Young, chief of the environmental division spill team. "It's very important because we want to keep the fuel in as small an area as possible."
As of 1 p.m., about 3,000 gallons had been vacuumed up, officials said. The spill traveled about 500 meters, and all of it is on Fort Hood property.
Bell County residents near Mountain View Estates should avoid having livestock 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.
Officials said there is no fire threat, and the leak has been stopped.
The smell of JP8 can travel very long distances, according to the release. 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, according to post officials.
Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality were also on site.