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Danny De Gracia: The Red Hill Water Crisis Is Also A Crisis Of Government Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Danny De Gracia: The Red Hill Water Crisis Is Also A Crisis Of Government

Hawaii should use the Navy’s Red Hill water crisis as an opportunity to reform military and civilian government and to think of ways to prevent such problems from recurring.

How The Red Hill Fuel System Has Threatened Oahu’s Drinking Water For Decades  Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

How The Red Hill Fuel System Has Threatened Oahu’s Drinking Water For Decades 

Built in haste during World War II, the facility has a history of leaking despite the Navy’s assurances that it is secure.

State Finds Red Hill Contamination Far Above Health Thresholds For Drinking Water Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

State Finds Red Hill Contamination Far Above Health Thresholds For Drinking Water

The Board of Water Supply’s Halawa shaft isn’t contaminated but could be closed for years, if not permanently.

Navy Says Second Well Might Not Be Contaminated, Prompting Confusion Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Navy Says Second Well Might Not Be Contaminated, Prompting Confusion

In response, Sen. Brian Schatz said the EPA should take over testing and monitoring.

Red Hill Has Changed The Politics Around The Military In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Red Hill Has Changed The Politics Around The Military In Hawaii

The military has enjoyed unwavering support from state and federal political leaders in Hawaii. But the threat to Oahu’s water supply may be bringing that to an end.

Navy Finds Contamination In Second Well And Identifies Pollutant At Red Hill Shaft Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Navy Finds Contamination In Second Well And Identifies Pollutant At Red Hill Shaft

Meanwhile, the Navy outlined actions it would take in response to an emergency order by Gov. David Ige, but remained silent on the question of emptying the tanks.

Lee Cataluna: The Red Hill Water Crisis Is A Wake-Up Call For Oahu Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Lee Cataluna: The Red Hill Water Crisis Is A Wake-Up Call For Oahu

Everything changed when Ernie Lau, chief engineer at the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, got emotional.

Navy’s Opposition To Governor’s Red Hill Order Raises Question Of State Versus Federal Power Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Navy’s Opposition To Governor’s Red Hill Order Raises Question Of State Versus Federal Power

The Department of Health’s director declined to say whether the state is willing to get into a legal fight with the Navy over Gov. Ige’s order to stop operating tanks suspected of contaminating drinking water.

Hawaii Military Families Move Into Hotels Amid Red Hill Water Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Military Families Move Into Hotels Amid Red Hill Water Crisis

The hotel industry is once again providing emergency shelter, this time for families who need clean water.

It Could Cost Billions For The Navy To Move Red Hill Fuel Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

It Could Cost Billions For The Navy To Move Red Hill Fuel

A 2018 study found that building a new jet fuel facility to replace the aging tanks at Red Hill could cost as much as $10 billion and could take until 2051.