Navy to give update on Red Hill tanks following 2014 release of 27K gallons of fuel

Navy to give update on Red Hill tanks following 2014 release of 27K gallons of fuel
The U.S. Navy will give an update on its plans for its underground fuel storage facility at Red Hill in a public meeting Tuesday. (Source: Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Navy will give an update on its plans for its underground fuel storage facility at Red Hill in a public meeting Tuesday.

The military is required to address issues at the facility following the release of 27,000 gallons of fuel in 2014.

The fuel didn’t reach the aquifer underneath the 20 tanks. But state officials worry it could in the event of a catastrophic event like an earthquake.

The state Department of Health wants the tanks moved to another location — away from a major source of drinking water.

The Navy said that could be part of its long-term plans. But for now, it’s installing advanced leak detection technology.

Tuesday’s public meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. at the Oahu Veterans Center on Kukila Street.

This story will be updated.

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