Aviation fuel...near the Theo Baars bridge...they got it sort of roped off and are in the process of cleaning it up. Last night wind was from the west and tide was moving toward the bridge so it stayed down from us. This morning the smell was much worse. They think it came from a barge...haha...I know it did but they didn't ask me. We did get a call saying to avoid swimming etc... since it might be irritating to skin and eyes...
<span class=pp>The cleanup of an aviation fuel spill along the Intracoastal Waterway from Big Lagoon State Park to Innerarity Point continues today.<span class=aa>
The spill was reported about 3 p.m. Monday by people near the Theo Baars Bridge, Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino said.<span class=aa><span class=pp>The slick was quickly identified as a type of diesel fuel used in aviation, he said.
Valentino and other county officials have boarded a boat to get a closer look at the spill.
County spokeswoman Sonya Daniel said the amount of fuel spilled has not been determined. She also said officials were trying to determine where the spill occured.
The smell of petroleum was in the air near the Theo Baars Bridge this morning.<span class=aa>
<span class=pp>By 5 p.m. Monday, an environmental company had began to contain and clean up the spill with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard, Valentino said.<span class=aa>
<span class=pp>Escambia County Fire and Rescue, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and county officials were working at the scene until late Monday to evaluate the damage caused by the spill.<span class=aa>
<span class=pp>"I would say the spill is about three-quarters to a mile long," Valentino said.<span class=aa>
<span class=pp>Oil containment booms were placed along the waterway.<span class=aa>
<span class=pp>The source of the spill remains under investigation, Valentino said.<span class=aa>
<span class=pp>"I urge boaters and swimmers out of the water for the next 48 hours until at such time the Coast Guard says the spill is contained," Valentino said.<span class=aa>
The coast guard has the ability to test the fuel and get samples of any and all tugs or boats that went through the area. They can then compare and tell exactly which one spilled or pumped it out. The testing method is like DNA testing of the liquid..
Aviation fuel would come from one of the barges that deliver to the bases in our area, they run up and down the intercostal all the time. Sounds like the one that leaked didn't know it had leaked. That's a lot of money going into the water to not miss. My guess is they'll miss the fuel when they go to offload and come up short. I can't imagine this was done intentionally, that's like throwing money away.