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Navy investigating possible fuel leak at Red Hill tank

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:28 p.m. HST, Jan 15, 2014

The Navy, in coordination with the state Department of Health and other agencies, is investigating a possible leak of aviation fuel -- primarily consisting of kerosene -- from a tank at the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility.

Samples of ground water and drinking water in the vicinity have been collected and are being tested, the Navy said this evening in a news release. 

Navy officials said fuel operators on Monday detected a fuel-level discrepancy in the tank, which holds JP-8 aviation fuel.  

The possible loss of fuel from the tank prompted the Navy to immediately begin transferring fuel to another tank at the facility, according to the release. The transfer process may take up to five days to complete, officials said.  

Following transfer of fuel and venting of the tank, an inspection will be conducted to determine the cause of the fuel-level discrepancy. 

The Honolulu Board of Water Supply is monitoring the Navy's efforts and conducting its own investigation. Wells in the vicinity have been shut down as a precaution.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Lol an ad for steel tanks to go along with this news.
on January 15,2014 | 05:19PM
localguy wrote:
Steel? Really? Rusting steel? Try fiberglass lined tanks, impervious to corrosion capable of turning a steel tank into Swiss Cheese. And had you done some research, you would have found states have directed old, underground, steel gas tanks used at gas stations, have been replaced with reinforced fiberglass tanks. Rookie posters.........
on January 15,2014 | 05:33PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
They're not showing the ad now. Or maybe it will reappear. Thanks for your expertise.
on January 15,2014 | 05:47PM
SteveToo wrote:
I believe all the gas stations on O`ahu have replaced their steel tanks w/plastic years ago.
on January 15,2014 | 08:06PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Gas station tanks and a 200 ft deep storage tank is two different animals. Fiberglass? I no tink so.
on January 15,2014 | 08:07PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Great that all required agencies have been notified immediately, compared to the Matson molasses boondoggle.
on January 15,2014 | 05:49PM
harley1 wrote:
these tanks were built back in the 40's or earlier. A few pukas now and then are expected. A good coating on the inside will protect the tanks from corrosion. Avgas is oily, so corrosion is limited. The likely cause is at the bottom where the water will accumulate as it is heavier than the fuel.
on January 15,2014 | 07:21PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Maybe this is why the Moanalua Freeway (H-201) had to go over Red Hill, as opposed to cutting through Red Hill. If H-201 did not need to go up then down, HPD does not need to stake it out for speeders.
on January 15,2014 | 08:02PM
SteveToo wrote:
Oh yea, there's a tunnel big enough to drive trucks from Pear Harbor to the Pu`u Ula`Ula tanks. Road has to go over it.
on January 15,2014 | 08:07PM
HHI wrote:
It's not that big, really. The "trains" that run are only 4 feet wide at the most.
on January 16,2014 | 06:34AM
HHI wrote:
Tanks 1-16 were built between 1940 and 1943. Tank 17-20 were built later. The tanks are steel, encased in concrete. The tank in the photograph is the "tour tank." The tanks are inspected on a regular rotation. The inspections cover every inch of the tank, searching for metal loss and weld deficiencies. After inspection and repairs, they recoat the inside of the tank. It's an extensive and challenging process.
on January 16,2014 | 06:33AM
kennie1933 wrote:
Interesting history!
on January 16,2014 | 12:39PM
juscasting wrote:
They were built underground to protect them and hide them from enemy attacks during pre-WWII years. Imagine if Kikaeda and his pals decided to drop a few egg rolls on them when they paid the Arizona a visit? KaaBOOM!!
on January 16,2014 | 12:49PM
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