Lawmakers may call for a briefing on military fuel leakUPDATED 7:45 PM HST Feb 10, 2014Video Transcript
Enough so that lawmakers may ask for a briefing from the military and a site visit. KITV-4's Catherine Cruz has the LATEST developments... This stain on a concrete wall alerted the military to a problem with its underground storage fuel tanks at Red Hill. Couple that with the recent disclosure that the Navy failed to initially report low levels of lead in a pearl harbor well... And lawmakers see some red flags.. Chris Lee 1: 28- 1: 37 -"We want to make sure the drinking water is safe and more importantly that there is communitcation between the state and the federal govt and our communities here so that everybody knows whats going on," The formerly top secret navy installation has had problems with leaks before. Military documents filed with the state show a history of unexplained fuel drops--twice in 1949, 11,000 gallons one time 18,000 another In 1972-- another unexplained fuel drop of 31,000 gallons in 1975- 78 close to 33,000 gallons In 1980--another fuel loss of between 10,000 and 20,000 gallons But some of the leaks were in space between the steel- lined tanks which are enclosed in a wall of concete--a tell tale system that is no longer used. Because of this most recent leak, state and county officials are pouring over the sketchy records dating back 70 years. Lawmakers want some assurance that our water resource are being protected. - Mike Gabbard 945-9:54 - "All the more reason why we need to sit down with the Navy and the health department because we as the public have a right to know" Lawmakers hope to hold a joint house and senate hearing to learn more. - Mike Gabbard 9:12 - 9: 15 -"We are trying to coordinate our schedules so we can have a public briefing on this" The military says one way it tests for leaks is to bore into the rock around the tanks. It says it is continuously refining and upgrading its detection and response system using new technology when possible. Back to you.