|From:||Lenny Siegel <LSiegel@cpeo.org>|
|Date:||Mon, 3 Sep 2012 21:34:54 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] "Air Force insists it has [Kirtland Air Force Base] fuel issue under control, " Albuquerque, NM|
Air Force insists it has Albuquerque fuel issue under controlAt Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., aviation gas and jet propellant have sunk into the aquifer, moving toward wells that help supply Albuquerque's drinking water.
By Michael Haederle Los Angeles Times September 3, 2012KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - As environmental disaster sites go, it doesn't look like much. A scattering of rusting wellhead covers and a machine noisily sucking hydrocarbon vapors from the earth scarcely hint at what has grown into a $50-million headache.
But nearly 500 feet beneath this spot, a plume of aviation gas and jet propellant that leaked undetected for decades from an Air Force fuel depot has sunk into the aquifer, drifting toward wells that help supply Albuquerque's drinking water.
Base officials acknowledge that millions of gallons of fuel went missing, and although they don't know exactly how close the leading edge of the plume is to the municipal water supply, they insist that there is little likelihood of contamination.
"The Air Force absolutely owns this problem, and we're committed to remediating it," said Col. Jeffrey Lanning, who recently assumed command of the 377th Air Base Wing, which operates Kirtland.
But neighbors are mistrustful, with some accusing the Air Force of soft-pedaling the extent of the leak.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-albuquerque- water-20120904,0,4824451.story
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