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Crews clean up diesel fuel spill at Naval Base Point Loma

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A diesel fuel spill at Naval Base Point Loma gets a quick response. The fuel was coming out quickly and there was a big push to get a handle on the situation before the diesel could seep into the water.

News 8 obtained exclusive video from Naval Base Point Loma. The Navy granted News 8 access to the cleanup work that was done Wednesday night, after a failure at the fuel pumping station led to a diesel fuel leak.

Cleanup crews at Naval Base Point Loma soaked up an estimated 1000 gallons of diesel fuel, which began spewing about 30 feet up into the air at the pumping station around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"The leak did cause a little bit of a geyser," said Captain Paul Marconi the Commanding Officer at Naval Base Point Loma.

Marconi also added that crews took immediate action and had the leak stopped and contained within 15 to 20 minutes.

"We're trained to respond to these types of incidents as quickly as possible," continued Marconi.

The Navy believes the leak was stopped before any fuel could reach the water.

"We don't have any indications fuel got out to the bay, there's always the potential that maybe a residual may get out there, a minor sheen or something, and there, we're talking very small quantities in the pint levels," Marconi explained.

The leak happened at defense fuel support aboard the submarine base complex, which supplies fuel to other bases.

"We connect to Naval Base Coronado and Miramar Air Station," Marconi added.

The storage facility also supplies fuel to the Navy's fleet.

"Usually we have the military sea lift tankers come here, pick up fuel, then take it out to units at sea," Marconi noted.

The Navy is still working to determine the cause of the leak. Meantime, a new state of the art fuel storage facility is currently being built to replace the aging facility, which is the largest single fuel handling facility in the Navy.

The Navy adds that it has notified state and national agencies of the leak, including the Office of Emergency Services.

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