Joint Task Force – Red Hill Preparing to Repack Pipelines In Preparation for October Defueling

August 14, 2023 3:56 PM
Joint Task Force-Red Hill (JTF-RH) roving security and fire watch team members conduct a roving patrol inside the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF), Halawa, Hawaii, August 7, 2023. US Marine Corps Photo

Joint Task Force – Red Hill will begin to repack fuel lines at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility at the end of the month, a step needed before complete defueling can start in October, as long as it gets pending approval.

Repacking is the process of refilling the fuel lines in order to remove the air from the pipes, according to a video put out by the joint task force.

“Removing the air helps ensure fuel will flow uniformly during the fueling operations, and also provides a measured opportunity to verify system functionality and pipeline integrity,” according to the video.

The joint task force has submitted all 253 repairs to the Hawaii Department of Health for review. The DOH approved 248 reviews so far, according to the Joint Task Force – Red Hill dashboard.

The joint task force will spend August holding drills and meetings, including a House special committee briefing, according to the dashboard. The National Environmental Policy Act report will be finished by the end of the month.

The joint task force will work throughout September to repair for defueling to begin, according to the dashboard.

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio

Heather Mongilio is a reporter with USNI News. She has a master’s degree in science journalism and has covered local courts, crime, health, military affairs and the Naval Academy.
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