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NC Marines use booms, vacuums to clean fuel spill

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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, NC (AP) -- Officials at North Carolina's Marine Corps Air Station New River are using oil-absorbing booms and vacuum trucks to suck up fuel from a pipeline leak.

Marine Corps spokeswoman 1st Lt. Kristin Dalton said Wednesday the leak was discovered Tuesday afternoon in a pipeline that transferred fuel from a storage area to refueling tanks.

Dalton says cut off valves stopped fuel in the pipeline and slide gates in a nearby ditch were closed to contain and prevent the spread of the fuel. She gave no estimate of the amount spilled.

Dalton says booms and vacuums are collecting the fuel and an investigation of the incident is under way.

New River is located four miles south of Jacksonville and is one of the service's largest aviation centers on the East Coast.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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