published Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Isaac washes diesel fuel into Back Bay of Biloxi

Chris McGee, left, Aaron Carter and Tim Maust place absorption material on diesel fuel along the shore of Biloxi Back Bay in Biloxi, Miss., on Thursday Aug. 30, 2012 after the fuel spilled during Isaac.WLOX-TV reports it came from the fuel tank of a generator at Keesler Air Force Base. Officials say the fuel leaked into storm water, then drained into Back Bay.
Chris McGee, left, Aaron Carter and Tim Maust place absorption material on diesel fuel along the shore of Biloxi Back Bay in Biloxi, Miss., on Thursday Aug. 30, 2012 after the fuel spilled during Isaac.WLOX-TV reports it came from the fuel tank of a generator at Keesler Air Force Base. Officials say the fuel leaked into storm water, then drained into Back Bay.
Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

BILOXI, Miss. — Workers are soaking up nearly 3,000 gallons of red diesel fuel that washed ashore after it drained in the Back Bay of Biloxi during Hurricane Isaac.

WLOX-TV reports it came from the fuel tank of a generator at Keesler Air Force Base. Officials say the fuel leaked into storm water, then drained into Back Bay.

Authorities say they didn’t evacuate the area because the fuel is not harmful to humans.

Keesler says in a news release Thursday that it is working Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Environmental Services, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Coast Guard to contain the spill and conduct cleanup operations both on and off base.

Col. Mark Vivians with Keesler says a contractor will do a full recovery on the area.

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