Red Hill


Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility

When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, enemy planes failed to destroy vital American fuel reserves, a failure that would have consequences in the early months of World War II. The U.S. Navy was aware of the vulnerability of above-the-ground fuel tanks, so construction was already underway for a one-of-a-kind fuel facility deep within the basalt rock of nearby Red Hill. Today, the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility can operate without external power, is physically protected and cyber-hardened and is critical infrastructure for the nation's defense. The 20 tanks within Red Hill, are steel-lined concrete up to four feet thick, including a layer of gunite, and can store millions of gallons of jet or marine fuel used by the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and Hawaii National Guard. In January 2014, Tank 5 experienced a release of 27,000 gallons of fuel due to a contractor's error and an ineffective response and oversight. After that one-time extreme release, the Navy and Defense Logistics Agency intensified modernization of the facility and monitoring of groundwater and drinking water. The Navy continues to work with Environmental Protection Agency and Hawaii Department of Health regulators under an Administrative Order on Consent to improve the facility and protect the environment. Since 2006, DOD has invested $260 million in Red Hill, and modernization continues in oversight, technology, operating procedures and the means to protect our shared drinking water. Public records confirm that all drinking water near Red Hill remains safe, and we are committed to keeping it safe. Red Hill continues to be a national strategic asset that provides power for sea control, maritime security, regional stability, humanitarian assistance and continued prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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Red Hill Public Workshop – March 14, 2018

The Navy invited members of the public to attend a workshop on March 14, 2018 at Moanalua Middle School from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The workshop provided an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and hear the latest update on the Administrative Order on Consent. 

The event featured six poster stations with subject matter experts standing by to help explain them. Please click on the poster station you would like to view.


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  • 180124-N-EV910-016  PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (Jan. 24, 2018) NAVSUP FLC Pearl Harbor ensures quality fuel is delivered on time to those who need it. The fuels department makes sure to distribute what is called clean, clear and bright fuel that is within Navy Standards. (U.S. Navy photo by Shannon R. Haney/Released)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers real estate and fuels assessors were called upon to visit this enormous Defense Logistics Agency's Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in February. This 1942 Navy photo shows miners building just one of the 20 fuel tanks, which are connected by a miles-long tunnel. They are still in use today.

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