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Aloha ʻĀina: Moanalua (Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility)

Current land and water issues in Hawaiʻi with focus on ʻEwa and Waiʻanae moku

Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility

SUMMARY: In 2014, 27,000 gallons of jet fuel leaked from one of the fuel storage tanks at Red Hill in Moanalua. These storage tanks are the largest of its kind in the U.S. and sit only 100 feet above one of Oʻahu's main aquifers which would affect the water supply of residents from Hālawa to Maunalua [Hawaiʻi Kai]. The United States Navy is continuing to propose plans to mitigate and prevent future fuel leaks. This plan must be implemented by 2045. This issue is ongoing and the fuel tanks continue to leak. People who live nearby have reported smelling fuel in their water and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health has said that preliminary reports show petroleum in the water and more recently, another shaft was discovered to be contaminated with diesel, causing both shafts to shut down. The State of Hawaiʻi has ordered the Navy to suspend service to the tanks, which the U.S. Navy intends to fight. In January 2022, the U.S. Navy has decided to comply with the State order to drain and repair the tanks, however; the option to refill the tanks is still on the table.

WATCH: Contamination in Navy’s water system a crisis decades in the making from Honolulu Civil Beat and Hawaiʻi News Now.

NOTE: We try to update this guide as quickly as possible but because there have been so many new developments, it is difficult to continuously update. If you are looking for immediate updates, check out the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi's Live Updates page or your local news.

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