jet fuel spill


V.28 No.31 | 8/1/2019
KAFB Groundwater Treatment Facility
August March

On Assignment

Fuel Spill Committee Part III

The US Air Force Responds

We meet with KAFB about fuel spill remediation.
V.28 No.30 | 7/25/2019
Juan Reynosa
Eric Williams Photography

On Assignment

Fuel Spill Committee Part II

SWOP: A garden by the base and an ear to the ground

Weekly Alibi chats with Juan Reynosa of SouthWest Organizing Project about the KAFB fuel spill, its effect on the land and community, as well as the long range mission of SWOP and other community organizations when it comes to defending us all.
V.28 No.29 | 7/18/2019
The groundwater treatment plant at Kirtland Air Force Base filters ethylene dibromide (EDB) from groundwater extracted from the contamination plume.
US Air Force

On Assignment

Fuel Spill Committee Part I

Water Utility board looks into remediation efforts

In the midst of recent progress to monitor and contain the Kirtland jet fuel spill, transparency and inclusivity issues continue to be problematic. In order to better understand these issues—as well as to check up on the progress made in remediation efforts—Weekly Alibi chatted with County Water Utility Board member Maggie Hart Stebbins.
V.28 No.11 | 3/14/2019
The groundwater treatment plant at Kirtland Air Force Base, where granular activated carbon filters remove toxic ethylene dibromide (EDB) from groundwater extracted from the contamination plume. Treated water contains no detectable contaminant levels and is used to water the Kirtland golf course, or it’s reinjected back into the aquifer.
US Air Force

On Assignment

The Plume that Would Not Die

New Mexico Environment Department has a plan

The New Mexico Environment Department is seeking public comment on its draft strategic plan to address the contamination and cleanup of the Kirtland jet fuel leak.
V.27 No.40 | 10/4/2018

Letters

The readers write about ABQRide, candidates' position on cleaning up the jet fuel spill and exactly which helicopter really flew to Krispy Kreme.
V.27 No.13 | 3/29/2018
EDB in shallow groundwater at Kirtland AFB
[click to enlarge]
NMENV

Editorial

Kirtland Jet Fuel Spill Update

New plans and protests in process

ABCWUA criticizes KAFB for its new strategy's less aggressive plan to remove the jet fuel contaminants from the city's aquifer.
V.26 No.11 | 3/16/2017
News City
Robert Maestas

Newscity

APS Recognizes Bilingual Graduates

APS recognizes bilingual graduates, education secretaries absent for budget talks and extraction wells are cleaning the Kirtland jet fuel spill.
V.25 No.50 | 12/15/2016
Bulk Fuels Facility Project
Photo courtesy Kirtland AFB Bulk Fuels Facility Project

News Feature

Kirtland Jet Fuel Spill Update

Fourth well under construction

A fourth extraction well is being built to filter ethylene dibromide, one of the most concerning contaminants from the Kirtland jet fuel spill, out of the groundwater.
V.24 No.49 | 12/3/2015
News City
Robert Maestas

Newscity

Another holiday, another tragedy

News from around the state.
V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014

commentary

Spill Happening

David Correia updates KAFB jet fuel spill story on KUNM

One of our biggest stories of 2013 was “The Environmental Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of: Albuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill” (v.22, i.48). In it, author David Correia lays out a mountain of evidence about a fuel spill right here in ABQ that’s twice the size of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Correia recently appeared on KUNM’s The Spitz Report to discuss his Alibi article, just how big the ongoing hemorrhage of jet fuel has been, the impact on the aquifer and what’s most frustrating about Kirtland’s response. As he explains to host Stephen Spitz,

“They were leaking jet fuel and aviation gas. ... Kirtland Air Force Base agreed to an estimate of 8 million gallons a few years ago; the New Mexico Environmental Department suggested it could be as high as 24 million gallons, so it’s somewhere in there, in that range. … But even if it’s a conservative estimate, it still makes this the largest underground toxic release in US history. That’s uncontested.”

If you missed our in-depth look at this shocking environmental catastrophe in Burque’s own backyard, catch it here, as well as the response from an Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority board member in our Letters section. Listen to Correia’s informed and informative full broadcast on KUNM here.

V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013

La Jicarita

The Environmental Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of

Albuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill

David Correia reports on the KAFB jet fuel spill and finds an environmental disaster dubiously underrepresented in both scope and severity.
V.21 No.16 |

news

The Daily Word in Dick Clark, feminist nuns and sex robots

The Daily Word

New mayor of Sunland Park is 24-years-old.

Kirtland is going to look a little harder for leaked jet fuel.

Dick Clark made stars. R.I.P.

Paramedics in N.M. work 72-hour shifts.

DOH to medical board: You can't ask the feds to reclassify marijuana.

Romney says something weird about cookies.

Killer swan.

Sex robots are our future.

Vatican cracks down on feminist nuns.

"Hopefully" may spell the end of grammar.

DoubleOh.

Passengers say an American cruise ship ignored a drifting fishing boat, leaving two men to die.

V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011

Feature

Kirtland Air Force Base

Kirtland Air Force Base is a morass of frightening stuff—namely, nuclear weapons and a massive jet fuel hemorrhage. Although Air Force head honchos neither confirm nor deny numbers, an estimated 2,000 nuclear warheads lie in underground storage at the base. If the threat of a Duke City nuclear holocaust isn’t enough, there’s also Albuquerque’s version of the BP spill. Millions of gallons of Air Force jet fuel creep closer and closer to southeastern Albuquerque neighborhoods every day. The base says the fuel seepage originated during a ’50s era pipe leak. Although it hasn’t hit drinking water wells, it has reached the monitoring wells and is nearing reserve water sources. (EK)

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