Diesel found in ground water near Red Hill fuel leak

Red Hill fuel storage facility
Red Hill fuel storage facility

Four months after 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from one of the Navy’s underground tanks at Red Hill, KHON2 has learned that the fuel is moving.

The Dept. of Health said the Navy notified them on May 15 that higher levels of diesel were found in a landfill monitoring well at Tripler Army Medical Center.

The well is approximately one mile south of the Navy facility.

The results were at 790 and 660 micrograms per liter which are above DOH’s Environmental Action Level of 100 micrograms per liter, health officials said.

Low levels of dissolved lead were also detected.

But, officials said, the fuel is not in the public’s drinking water.

The Navy will conduct follow-up testing at the well to verify the contaminants.

Both the Dept. of Health and the Navy are identifying new monitoring wells surrounding the Red Hill facility to accurately monitor ground water pollution.

Despite these developments, city officials said Thursday they’re still unclear if any diesel fuel actually leaked.

“We don’t have all the facts yet to verify whether or not there was a 27,000 gallon leak,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “There could have been an adjustment of the tank. Testing has not proved one way or another if that has occurred and we want to get that information. They want to get that information and then that information will be shared.”

Research into the situation could take up to a year, officials said.

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