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News 2023

December 21, 2023

Civil Beat

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

December 20, 2023

Hawaii News Now

In milestone, 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

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

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

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

December 18, 2023

BWS Board of Directors Meeting December 18, 2023


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

Hawaii News Now

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

Joint Task Force Red Hill

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

December 14, 2023

Hawaii News Now

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

December 13, 2023

Red Hill Community Representation Initiative (CRI)

Meeting #3: December 13, 2023

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Joint Task Force

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


Joint Task Force Red Hill

Joint Task Force-Red Hill begins pipeline unpacking

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

December 7, 2023

Joint Task Force Red Hill

“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

November 28, 2023

Civil Beat

Navy: Toxic Forever Chemicals Detected In Groundwater Near Red Hill


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

November 27, 2023

Joint Task Force Red Hill

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

Civil Beat

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

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

November 20, 2023

Civil Beat

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

November 16, 2023

Red Hill Community Representation Initiative

Meeting #2: November 16, 2023

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November 15, 2023

Stars and Stripes

Navy to take over Hawaii fuel facility closure operations in spring

November 9, 2023

Civil 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




October 31, 2023


JTF-RH Public Affairs

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




October 18, 2023


KHON2 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

October 4, 2023

Red Hill Community Representation Initiative (CRI)

Meeting #1: October 4, 2023


September 28, 2023

Civil Beat

Navy Reprimands Red Hill Leaders 2 Years After Fuel Spills

August 31, 2023


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


“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

July 28, 2023

Civil Beat

Red Hill’s Fuel Director Raised An Alarm Before Pipes Leaked. The Navy Removed Her

June 23, 2023

Civil Beat

Judge Blocks Red Hill Families’ Effort To Question Navy Admiral Under Oath

May 8, 2023

Hawaii News Now

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



May 6, 2023

Star Advertiser

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’

April 29, 2023

Star Advertiser

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



April 22, 2023


Hawaii News Now

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


Hawaii News Now

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




April 19, 2023

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




April 11, 2023


Civil 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




April 5, 2023


Hawaii News Now

Military: Required repairs to 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




March 24, 2023


Hawaii News Now

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



March 21, 2023

Star Advertiser

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

Hawaii News Now

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




March 19, 2023


KHON2 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?



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


US Navy Military Sealift Command: 2021 Year in Review


US Navy Military Sealift Command: 2022 Year in Review




March 7, 2023


KHON2 News

Navy provides details on surveys for repurposing Red Hill




February 21, 2023


Civil Beat

The Military's Public Information Black Hole




February 13, 2023


Hawaii News Now

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




February 7, 2023


Civil Beat

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




January 16, 2023


Hawaii News Now

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




January 10, 2023


Hawaii News Now

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




January 4, 2023


KHON2 News

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




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27,000 Gallons spilled


46,000 Gallons spilled


Tanks open


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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