Coast Guard and Hampton Fire Department crews respond to fuel leak

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads LogoHAMPTON, Va. – Coast Guard crews along with the Hampton Fire Department responded to a diesel fuel leak at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina hotel Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 4:15 p.m. the Coast Guard was notified of a fuel leak at the hotel. Crews from the Hampton Fire Department responded on scene and deployed harbor boom to contain the leak.

Coast Guard investigators at the scene reported that approximately 900 gallons of diesel fuel was discharged onto the property surrounding the hotel with at least 100 gallons spilling into the Hampton River.

The leak originated from an underground storage tank, which supplies the hotel’s emergency generator.

Coast Guard investigators reported that the leak has been secured. LCM Corporation has been contracted by the hotel to conduct clean up of the spill.

“The harbor boom was deployed to keep the spill from spreading into the adjacent waterway,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Yonker of the pollution investigations branch from Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. “The boom contained the majority of the diesel fuel spilled into the water.”

The cause of the fuel spill is under investigation.

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