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December 21, 2023

Civil Beat

Petroleum From Red Hill Leaks May Be Lingering In Pearl Harbor Drinking Water

https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/12/petroleum-from-red-hill-leaks-may-be-lingering-in-pearl-harbor-water/

December 20, 2023

Hawaii News Now

In milestone, last oil tanker carrying Red Hill fuel leaves Pearl Harbor

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/12/21/last-oil-tanker-carrying-red-hill-fuel-leaves-pearl-harbor/

December 19, 2023

Hawaii News Now

BWS hasn't yet received 'a penny' from military following Red Hill crisis

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/video/2023/12/20/bws-hasnt-yet-received-a-penny-military-following-red-hill-crisis/

BWS facing mounting costs in responding to Red Hill crisis: Ernie Lau

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/video/2023/12/20/bws-facing-mounting-costs-responding-red-hill-crisis-ernie-lau/

BWS chief engineer: Red Hill defueling took years of advocacy, community work

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/video/2023/12/20/bws-chief-engineer-red-hill-defueling-took-years-advocacy-community-work/

Spotlight Now: BWS chief engineer discusses Red Hill crisis, rate hikes

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/video/2023/12/20/spotlight-now-bws-chief-engineer-discusses-red-hill-crisis-rate-hikes/

December 18, 2023

BWS Board of Directors Meeting December 18, 2023

https://www.boardofwatersupply.com/boardmeetings

video

December 15, 2023

O'ahu Water Protectors

EPA’s Community Representation Initiative on Red Hill Raises Concerns About Misinformation on the Defueling of the Fuel Tanks

https://www.facebook.com/OahuWaterProtectors/posts/pfbid02X7fTAa6RNGFNdSz3w9egS6xRdSyxEAw3JsVDTxk94AYaToKLMHcP4hXs8gcrcZcnl

Hawaii News Now

Red Hill lawsuit claims Navy destroyed 1,000 water samples without testing them for fuel

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/12/16/lawsuit-claims-navy-destroyed-1000-water-samples-government-defends-actions/

Joint Task Force Red Hill

JTF-RH Completes Unpacking, Gravity Defueling,Residual Fuel Removal Begins in January

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3619608/jtf-rh-completes-unpacking-gravity-defuelingresidual-fuel-removal-begins-in-jan/

December 14, 2023

Hawaii News Now

$1.6B defense spending bill addressing Red Hill crisis passes US House, heads to Biden

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/video/2023/12/14/16b-defense-spending-bill-addressing-red-hill-crisis-passes-us-house-heads-biden/

December 13, 2023

Red Hill Community Representation Initiative (CRI)

Meeting #3: December 13, 2023

video | minutes

Joint Task Force

Defueling Information Sharing Forum (DISF) Meeting Notes Tuesday, December 5, 2023

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3615669/defueling-information-sharing-forum-disf-meeting-notes-tuesday-december-5-2023/

December 12, 2023

Civil Beat

Fire Destroyed This California Town’s Water System. But That Didn’t Slow The Effort To Rebuild

https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/12/fire-destroyed-this-california-towns-water-system-but-that-didnt-slow-the-effort-to-rebuild

 

Joint Task Force Red Hill

Joint Task Force-Red Hill begins pipeline unpacking

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3615115/joint-task-force-red-hill-begins-pipeline-unpacking/

Defueling Information Sharing Forum (DISF) Meeting Notes Tuesday, December 5, 2023

https://www.p2acom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3615669/defueling-information-sharing-forum-disf-meeting-notes-tuesday-december-5-2023/

December 7, 2023

Joint Task Force Red Hill

“Flowable tank bottoms" defueling complete

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3611256/flowable-tank-bottoms-defueling-complete/

November 29, 2023

Civil Beat

Naka Nathaniel: The Navy Should Be A Stellar Steward Of Hawaiian Waters, Not A Danger

https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/11/naka-nathaniel-the-navy-should-be-a-stellar-steward-of-hawaiian-waters-not-a-danger/

November 28, 2023

Civil Beat

Navy: Toxic Forever Chemicals Detected In Groundwater Near Red Hill

https://www.civilbeat.org/beat/navy-toxic-forever-chemicals-detected-in-groundwater-near-red-hill/

KITV News

State and city leaders want feds to pay for Red Hill monitoring and clean up over the next three decades

https://www.kitv.com/news/state-and-city-leaders-want-feds-to-pay-for-red-hill-monitoring-and-clean-up/article_34c24a68-8e69-11ee-9be6-2b40554ba147.html

November 27, 2023

Joint Task Force Red Hill

“Flowable Tank Bottoms” Defueling Set to Begin Dec. 4

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3598908/flowable-tank-bottoms-defueling-set-to-begin-dec-4/

Civil Beat

Honolulu Water Rates To Increase Almost 10% Each Year

https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/11/honolulu-water-rates-to-increase-almost-10-each-year/

November 21, 2023

Hawaii News Now

Nearly 2 years after the Red Hill fuel spill poisoned residents, Navy still trying to clean aquifer

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/video/2023/11/22/nearly-2-years-after-red-hill-fuel-spill-poisoned-residents-navy-still-trying-clean-aquifer/

Board of Water Supply files $1.2B claim against Navy to cover costs of responding to Red Hill crisis

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/11/21/happening-today-board-water-supply-comment-red-hill-recovery-cost/

November 20, 2023

Civil Beat

Red Hill Texts Show Navy Officials Worried About Groundwater Months Before Crisis 

https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/11/red-hill-texts-show-navy-officials-worried-about-groundwater-months-before-crisis/

November 17, 2023

Joint Task Force Red Hill

Red Hill Completes Defueling of Tank Mains

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3593318/joint-task-force-red-hill-completes-defueling-of-tank-mains/

November 16, 2023

Red Hill Community Representation Initiative

Meeting #2: November 16, 2023

video | minutes

November 15, 2023

Stars and Stripes

Navy to take over Hawaii fuel facility closure operations in spring

https://www.stripes.com/theaters/asia_pacific/2023-11-14/navy-red-hill-fuel-leak-hawaii-12048570.html

November 9, 2023

Civil Beat

Military Members File Lawsuit Over Red Hill Water Contamination

https://www.civilbeat.org/beat/military-members-file-lawsuit-over-red-hill-water-contamination/

November 7, 2023

 

Civil Beat

It Will Be Years Before Clean Water Is Restored In Lahaina

https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/11/it-will-be-years-before-clean-water-is-restored-in-lahaina/

 

 

 

October 31, 2023

 

JTF-RH Public Affairs

Defueling Information Sharing Forum (DISF) Meeting Notes

https://www.pacom.mil/JTF-Red-Hill/Press-Room/News/Article/3573809/defueling-information-sharing-forum-disf-meeting-notes/

 

 

 

October 19, 2023

 

Hawaii News Now

Water rate increases eyed as costs of responding to Red Hill crisis mount

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/10/20/water-rate-increases-eyed-costs-responding-red-hill-crisis-mount/

 

 

 

October 18, 2023

 

KHON2 News

Anxiety looms as Red Hill defueling begins

https://www.khon2.com/local-news/anxiety-looms-as-red-hill-defueling-begins/

 

“When most of that fuel is out and actually when they get the last drop out, that’s when I’ll be able to rest easy,” said Ernie Lau, chief engineer of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply.”

 

“I think it’s appropriate that we be allowed greater access to the information and maybe greater involvement in these important discussions that are happening,” said Lau.

 

 

October 16, 2023

 

Hawaii New Now

Newly-unearthed letter from Akaka offers evidence of Red Hill leaks 2 decades ago

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/10/17/newly-unearthed-letter-akaka-offers-evidence-red-hill-leaks-2-decades-ago/

October 4, 2023

Red Hill Community Representation Initiative (CRI)

Meeting #1: October 4, 2023

video

September 28, 2023

Civil Beat

Navy Reprimands Red Hill Leaders 2 Years After Fuel Spills

https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/09/navy-reprimands-red-hill-leaders-2-years-after-fuel-spills/

August 31, 2023

 

Island Energy Services (O'ahu) Completes Massive Fuel Storage Expansion

https://www.kitv.com/news/island-energy-services-completes-massive-fuel-storage-expansion/article_ae0978c0-4881-11ee-938a-3fb383ad6621.html

 

“The capital project that began in October will now allow Island Energy to house an additional 1.5 million barrels [63 million gallons] of fuel for the military - an increase around 25% of their current capacity.”

 

1.5 million barrels = 63 million gallons

May 8, 2023

Hawaii News Now

Navy leaders testify before federal grand jury investigating catastrophic Red Hill fuel spill

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/05/09/navy-commanders-testify-before-federal-grand-jury-investigating-red-hill-fuel-leak/

 

 

May 6, 2023

Star Advertiser

Contractor error, poor Navy oversight cited in Red Hill spill

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2023/05/06/hawaii-news/contractor-error-poor-navy-oversight-cited-in-red-hill-spill/

May 1, 2023

Star Advertiser

VIDEO: Honolulu Board of Water Supply’s Ernie Lau joins ‘Spotlight Hawaii’

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2023/05/01/breaking-news/upcoming-livestream-honolulu-board-of-water-supplys-ernie-lau-joins-spotlight-hawaii-tune-in-at-1030-a-m-3/

April 29, 2023

Star Advertiser

Military has yet to reveal causes of Red Hill fire suppressant spills

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2023/04/29/hawaii-news/military-has-yet-to-reveal-causes-of-red-hill-fire-suppressant-spills/

April 25, 2023

 

Civil Beat

EPA Not At Fault For Red Hill Crisis, Inspector General Says

https://www.civilbeat.org/beat/epa-not-at-fault-for-red-hill-crisis-inspector-general-says/

 

 


April 22, 2023

 

Hawaii News Now

Military affirms timeline to defuel Red Hill, as Walk For Water event aims to underscore urgency of crisis

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/04/23/walk-water-event-aims-underscore-urgency-red-hill-crisis/

 

Hawaii News Now

Safe water advocates organize 'Walk for Water' to call for immediate shutdown of Red Hill Facility

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/video/2023/04/22/safe-water-advocates-organize-walk-water-call-immediate-shutdown-red-hill-facility/

 

 

 

April 19, 2023

 

Gcaptain.com

Hawaii Congressman Calls for Advance Waiver of the Jones Act for Red Hill Defueling Mission

https://gcaptain.com/hawaii-congressman-calls-for-advance-waiver-of-the-jones-act-for-red-hill-defueling-mission/

 

“According to Case, assuming each committed charter availability for ten total tankers at ninety days, the total cost for all service by international shipping would be about $36 million, versus about $66 million for cargo preference plus Jones Act tankers (assuming just one Jones Act tanker).”

 

To date, over $2 billion has been directly appropriated to the mission.

April 12, 2023

 

Hawaii News Now

Federal grand jury conducting criminal probe into Red Hill fuel spills

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/04/13/federal-grand-jury-is-conducting-criminal-probe-into-red-hill-fuel-spills/

 

 

 

April 11, 2023

 

Civil Beat

Red Hill Families File New Class Action Lawsuit Against Navy

https://www.civilbeat.org/beat/red-hill-families-file-new-class-action-lawsuit-against-navy/

 

 

 

April 10, 2023

 

Hawaii News Now

Medical evaluations extended for civilians impacted by Red Hill water crisis

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/04/11/medical-evaluations-extended-civilians-impacted-by-red-hill-water-crisis/

 

 

 

April 5, 2023

 

Hawaii News Now

Military: Required repairs to defuel Red Hill tanks half complete, hundreds more remain

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/04/05/military-required-repairs-defuel-red-hill-tanks-half-complete-hundreds-more-remain/

 

 

 

March 28, 2023

 

Hawaii News Now

3 servicemembers launch legal action against U.S. government for Red Hill fuel spills

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/03/28/active-duty-service-members-file-new-red-hill-injury-claims-against-us-government/

 

 

 

March 24, 2023

 

Hawaii News Now

Bottled water distributed to hundreds after toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in Kunia well

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/03/25/hundreds-kunia-village-residents-get-bottled-water-after-pfas-contamination/

 

 

March 21, 2023

Star Advertiser

Red Hill families exposed to anti-icing agent in 2021 fuel spill

https://www.staradvertiser.com/2023/03/21/hawaii-news/red-hill-families-exposed-to-anti-icing-agent-in-2021-fuel-spill/

 

March 20, 2023

 

Civil Beat

Not Just Fuel: Red Hill Families Drank Antifreeze Too, Lawsuit Says

https://www.civilbeat.org/beat/not-just-fuel-red-hill-families-drank-antifreeze-too-lawsuit-says/

Hawaii News Now

Lawsuit: Red Hill families drank ‘antifreeze’ in fuel-contaminated water

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/03/21/red-hill-families-drank-antifreeze-fuel-contaminated-water-doh/

 

 

 

March 19, 2023

 

KHON2 News
Kupuna joining voices, calling for Red Hill defueling

https://www.khon2.com/local-news/kupuna-joining-voices-calling-for-red-hill-defueling/

 

 

 

March 15, 2023

 

Civil Beat

‘Forever Chemicals’ Have Been Found In Hawaii’s Environment. Now What?

https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/03/forever-chemicals-have-been-found-in-hawaiis-environment-now-what/

 

 

March 9, 2022

 

What is Going on With Shipping? (YouTube)

The Military & Others Target Hawaii Fuel: The Closing of the Red Hill Fuel Farm & Jones Act Issues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFoCZmTKLE0

 

US Navy Military Sealift Command: 2021 Year in Review

https://www.msc.usff.navy.mil/Portals/43/Publications/Annual%20Report/MSCAnnual21.pdf

 

US Navy Military Sealift Command: 2022 Year in Review

https://www.msc.usff.navy.mil/Portals/43/Publications/Annual%20Report/MSCAnnual22.pdf?ver=OKxmbutejhaTez5PYdiOWg%3d%3d

 

 

 

March 7, 2023

 

KHON2 News

Navy provides details on surveys for repurposing Red Hill

https://www.khon2.com/local-news/navy-provides-details-on-surveys-for-repurposing-of-red-hill/

 

 

 

February 21, 2023

 

Civil Beat

The Military's Public Information Black Hole

https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/02/the-militarys-public-information-black-hole/

 

 

 

February 13, 2023

 

Hawaii News Now

EPA: Groundwater contamination at Red Hill fuel facility dates back to 2005

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/02/14/epa-says-groundwater-contamination-red-hill-goes-back-2005/

 

 

 

February 7, 2023

 

Civil Beat

Space Force Vows ‘Above And Beyond’ Cleanup Of Maui Spill

https://www.civilbeat.org/2023/02/space-force-vows-above-and-beyond-cleanup-of-maui-spill/

 

 

 

February 6, 2023

 

Hawaii News Now

‘Extremely disheartened’: BWS opposes draft EPA order on defueling, closing Red Hill

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/02/07/extremely-disheartened-bws-opposes-draft-epa-order-defueling-closing-red-hill/

 

 

 

January 16, 2023

 

Hawaii News Now

Environmental activists speak out on EPA’s proposed Red Hill consent order

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/01/17/environmental-activists-speak-out-epas-proposed-red-hill-consent-order/

 

 

 

January 10, 2023

 

Hawaii News Now

Red Hill moms demand congressional hearing on Navy’s fuel-tainted water

https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2023/01/11/two-red-hill-moms-demand-congressional-hearing-health-impacts-fuel-tainted-water/

 

 

 

January 4, 2023

 

KHON2 News

Making Red Hill Clinic appointment: ‘It was horrible!’

https://www.khon2.com/local-news/making-red-hill-clinic-appointment-it-was-horrible/

 

 

 

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2014

27,000 Gallons spilled

1948

46,000 Gallons spilled

1943

Tanks open

1940

Construction begins

Action: NOW

It is more than time for this massive source of pollution to be removed – for the fuel to be removed from the tanks, and for the tanks to be decommissioned, and for the land and the water to be cleaned. The Navy has made this a fight about national security, but how can we the people be secure if our water is poisoned and life begins to stress in a place where thriving is what we are about? It is not a win to flush pipes or filter every drop of water we use from now on.  It is not a win to be fearful of the water that comes out of the tap.

Mālama i ka wai - Protect our water. It is our responsibility to be good stewards and to leave this place better than when we were born into it. This most definitely includes caring for the water.  Water is life.  

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