Small jet fuel spill raises alert at Quad Cities airport
October 22, 2009

The Quad-City Times reports that about 200 gallons of jet fuel spilled near the Quad City Airport, causing an alert that drew in five fire departments for assistance. Fuel spills at airports can be especially hazardous, since they typically involve larger volumes than spills at automotive service stations, and they ordinarily occur in areas where sprawling areas of concrete require large stormwater collection systems, which in turn can hold large amounts of water which the fuel could have contaminated. 200 gallons isn't an insignificant spill, either; the oil drums most people are familiar with usually hold 55 gallons of liquid, so the spill was nearly the equivalent of four drums of fuel.

We can help you with geomembranes for spill containment as well as fuel-transfer pumps and water-control gates for airport stormwater systems. Please feel free to contact us with your questions.

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