Activists serve Navy ‘eviction notice’ on one-year anniversary of Red Hill fuel spill

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Published: Nov. 20, 2022 at 6:40 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2022 at 10:51 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sunday marks one year since the Red Hill fuel leak sickened and displaced thousands of families on the Navy’s water line.

To mark the anniversary, over a dozen activists gathered Sunday morning to serve an “eviction notice” at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Standing side by side with signs in the air, dozens sang as they walked toward the Makalapa Gate.

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Native Hawaiian activist Healani Sonoda-Pale left the giant “eviction notice” at the gate.

“The eviction notice is really to show how fed up we are with the inaction by the Navy,” said Native Hawaiian activist Bronson Adama. Before heading to the gate, the activists hopped on buses and headed to the NEX in Pearl Harbor. They passed out brochures, coupons, and ice cream to families.

Elton Garner, a retired Naval chief used to live on Red Hill.

He’s heard the health concerns from fellow Navy friends.

“This is a real issue,” said Garner. “It’s something that real people have to deal with.”

Meanwhile, attorneys representing about 800 people affected by the Navy’s Red Hill Water contamination released a video of their clients sharing their stories and explaining why they’re pursuing a claim.

Both the Navy and DOH have deemed the water safe after the flushing and filtering process. The Red Hill shaft that got contaminated with jet fuel is no longer supplying water to Pearl Harbor and its naval communities. The water instead comes from the Waiawa shaft.

The Navy plans to update the media at a news conference Monday afternoon at 1.