Emergency Crews and Health Experts Respond to Fuel Leak at Loveland Airport
While many across Northern Colorado were enjoying their Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday (2016), crews were responding to a fuel leak at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland. According to the Reporter-Herald, as much as 1,000 gallons of jet fuel spilt across the concrete due to a faulty valve on one of the fuel tankers. The leak was discovered around 7:25 a.m., with cleanup starting around 1:00 p.m.
Unable to stop the leak on the broken valve, their solution was to transfer the remaining fuel to another available tanker. To clean up the jet fuel spread across the concrete, emergency crews used absorbent pads and four 55-gallon drums of kitty litter. Their actions prevented the fuel from spreading to and contaminating the near by dirt, which could have had a negative impact on the environment. The situation was being monitored by the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, and they confirmed that the fuel leak was contained to the concrete. Not only could the fuel have ignited, but if it had spread to the dirt, they could have been looking at the fuel "leaching into the soil and potentially the groundwater."
The cleanup was completed and no long lasting effect or damage is anticipated. The airport remained open during the incident.