The spill of more than 2.6 thousand liters of diesel fuel occurred in the observatory of the US Space Forces on top of a mountain on the island of Maui in Hawaii. This was announced on Wednesday, February 1, in the press service of the US Pacific Air Force.
The incident happened on January 29th. The department explained that the cause was a breakdown of the pump for the backup generator. Due to a technical malfunction, the device stopped pumping fuel, which as a result spilled.
“We understand the importance of being good guardians of the environment and will work with the necessary state and federal officials as we begin cleanup efforts,” said Brigadier General Anthony Mastalir, Commander of the US Space Forces Indo-Pacific.
No one was hurt as a result of the spill. It is noted that the incident was reported to the Ministry of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency.
In December, it was reported that more than 14,000 barrels of oil spilled on one of the largest oil pipelines in the US, Keystone, owned by the Canadian company TC Energy and located in Kansas. The operation of the pipeline was suspended immediately after it became known about the spill.