Monday, July 22, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Pentagon Plans Transfer of Red Hill Back to Navy
By Selected News Articles @ 10:41 PM :: 1705 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

Pentagon Lays Out Red Hill Transition Plan from Joint Task Force to Navy

by Heather Mongilio, USNI News, November 14, 2023

The Department of Defense expects to begin the transition to take over the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility early next year, according to the most recent supplement to the department’s defueling plan.

At the moment, the Joint Task Force – Red Hill is in charge of defueling Red Hill, a necessary step before the facility can be closed as a fuel depot. Joint Task Force – Red Hill was in charge of defueling, while the Navy and the Department of Defense will take on the closure process.

Joint Task Force – Red Hill began the gravitational defueling process on Oct. 16. As of Nov. 10, the joint task force has removed 89,223,876 gallons of fuel from the facility, according to the most recent update.

Gravitational defueling, which uses gravity to remove the fuel from the tanks that hold it, is expected to be finished in early 2024, at which Joint Task Force – Red Hill will begin to pump out residual fuel from pipelines, which is a more active process in order to get the remaining fuel out of the tanks, as well as complete tank bottom flow defueling.

Download the document here.

While Joint Task Force-Red Hill finishes removing residual fuel, it will start to transition the facility to the Navy Closure Task Force-Red Hill. During the transition period, JTF-Red Hill will take the lead, while NCTF-Red Hill will serve in a support position, according to a press release from the joint task force.

“Joint Task Force-Red Hill and Navy Closure Task Force-Red Hill will conduct a tightly-coordinated transition of command-and-control responsibilities to ensure seamless continuity of all health, safety, and environmental protection operations at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility as facility closure begins,” Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment Brendan Owens said in the release.

The Navy team will be responsible for removing inaccessible residual fuel, about 4,000 gallons, as well as about 28,000 gallons of sludge, according to the supplement.

Under the plan, the commander of Navy Region Hawaii will become a dual-hatted role, with the commander also leading Navy Closure Task Force – Red Hill. Rear Adm. Stephen Barnett is currently the commander of Navy Region Hawaii and will also lead the NCTF – Red Hill, Cmdr. Nicolas Melendez, spokesman with the Joint Task Force – Red Hill said in an email.


SAS: Navy to take over Hawaii fuel facility closure operations in spring

HNN: DOD announces new Red Hill task force charged with overseeing facility’s closure


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii