Truck spills more than 40 gallons of aviation fuel at King Airport

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ST. THOMAS - More than 40 gallons of aviation fuel spilled over onto the ground at the King Airport bulk plant on St. Thomas on Tuesday, according to officials from the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

The fuel spilled over from a St. Thomas Jet Center truck as it was leaving the Total bulk plant, according to DPNR spokesman Jamal Nielsen. Jet Center is a fuel supplier at the airport, Nielsen said.

The V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency reported the incident about 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, at which point DPNR officials responded with the assistance of V.I. Port Authority officials.

Port Authority responders placed sand over the spill to hinder it from spreading. St. Thomas Jet Center then contracted the V.I. Waste Management Authority to remove the contaminated soil, Nielsen said.

The soil likely will have to be shipped off-island, Nielsen said. Crews still were cleaning the spill Tuesday evening.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email

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