Sailor charged for alleged role in 94K gallon jet fuel spill

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – A Navy sailor has been charged for his alleged role in a 94,000-gallon fuel spill in Virginia that cost nearly $4 million.

The Navy said in a statement Friday that the unidentified sailor faces charges that include dereliction of duty and false statements regarding his rounds and checks of a fuel pipeline. A special court-martial is expected to convene this year.

The sailor is among nine service members whom the Navy said it will discipline for the spill at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.

A switch left in the wrong position sent fuel from a nearby barge into the wrong storage tank, causing it to overflow. About 25,000 gallons poured off the base, killing wildlife and prompting nearby residents to voluntarily leave for as long as two weeks.

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