Sand Island Fuel Spill – Who’s protecting our Water and Lands in Hawaii?

Posted on January 31, 2015

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What’s going on? With the mounting concerns of the actual size of the Fuel leak at Sand Island by the Hawaii Fueling Facilities Corporation, this newest environmental disaster adds to the reality of the failure for Hawaii to address the continued polluting and degradation to Hawaii’s Water and Land.

Coned off, but no Danger Signs or Warning for Habor users, as  a mounting Volume and Plume of Jet Fuel leaking into the Land at Sand Island Keehi Boat Harbor, photo by Tina Quizon January 30, 2015

Coned off, but no Danger Signs or Warning for Habor users, as a mounting Volume and Plume of Jet Fuel leaking into the Land at Sand Island Keehi Boat Harbor, photo by Tina Quizon January 30, 2015

The lack of governance by Hawaii’s major player’s of such important facilities, the mounting fiasco’s of large volumes of fuel leaking/spilled into the environment by the Department of Defense, the Navy and our Petroleum Corporation’s, muddled by the lack of expertise in regulating, accountability and oversight by the EPA, and in running, managing and preventing such catastrophes is tumultuous.

Link to the TV Show Pathways To Paradise: ASIG HFFC Sand Island Jet Fuel Leak into our Land at Keehi Harbor Sand Island http://olelo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=24&clip_id=45734

Fisherman down at the Keehi Boat Harbor, the site of this newest fuel leak, commented that this is nothing more than “Environmental terrorism”, by our Petroleum Corporations and Managers. We found the area coned off, but no “Danger Signs or Warnings posted” for Habor users. As a mounting Volume and Plume of Jet Fuel continues to leak into the Land at Sand Island Keehi Boat Harbor.

Sinking reality, another Boat  sank, shows the losing battle of Hawaii's land and water to survive mankind's charge and lack of defense to guard against   Environmental Disasters  here in Hawaii

Sinking reality, another Boat sank, shows the losing battle of Hawaii’s land and water to survive mankind’s charge and lack of defense to guard against Environmental Disasters here in Hawaii

Find out more about this continued problem and breaking news from the Hawaii News Now story: “This is worse than originally reported,” said environmental activist Carroll Cox. “They’ve learned now that it’s been leaking for some time so clearly it’s more than 42,000 gallons.”

Link to watch : http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/27979744/sand-island-fuel-leak-grows

Fisherman said no warning/danger sign posted at Keehi Harbor even though Fuel leaked and has contaminated the land area at the Sand Island  Keehi Harbor

Fisherman said no warning/danger sign posted at Keehi Harbor even though Fuel leaked and has contaminated the land area at the Sand Island Keehi Harbor

Update Sunday Feb. 1, 2015 – Super bowl wins, as the work has stopped today (Sunday Feb. 1, 2015) at the emergency site of the newest fuel leaked at the HFFC Sand Island fuel facility. We found no workers, no monitoring of the air quality, no protection of harbor users, no ongoing recovery of the jet fuel, no containment of more than 43 thousand gallons of fuel that have leaked into the land. Major concerns, yet, the EPA & the HFFC workers took the day off to watch the Super bowl. The lead EPA manager from District 9, Donn Zuricki, on Saturday, said he is hoping for a Win for the Seattle Hawks, but clearly this is a lose for Hawaii. As the fuel saturated land and the water table that sits right below the fuel tanks continues to be polluted with jet fuel from the leak in Tank #2 at the Hawaii Fuel Facility Corporation site. See our photos of the exposed water table were the fuel has leaked out of the large tanks and offsite into the State Keehi Boat Harbor land, here: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=889390377749907&id=112008078821478

With only one way in and out of the Keehi boat harbor at Sand Island, the residents & harbor users shared their unease and concern of no emergency evacuation contingency plan for the residents and harbor users. While the large volume of the leaked fuel into the land and the fuel vapors from the HFFC site remains just feets away from the residents and harbor users continues to be a high threat.

Update July 2, 2015 – EXCLUSIVE: Feds blast owner for Sand Island fuel spill – (HawaiiNewsNow) –
In a scathing report, the U.S.Department of Transportation’s Office of Pipeline Safety is requiring the owner of the Sand Island Tank Facility to inspect all 16 of their massive fuel tanks.

The feds cited owner Aircraft Services International Group for faulty inspections, poor record keeping and corrosion on the tanks in its investigation into the 42,000 gallon spill near the Keehi Small Boat Harbor in December.

“The likelihood that the conditions could worsen or develop on other areas of the facility and impact its serviceability, it appears that the continued operation of the affected pipeline facility without corrective measures would posed a pipeline integrity risk to public safety, property or the environment,” the report said.

The spill came within 100 yards of the harbor and was due to a hole at the bottom of the tank in area that had been previously patched up.
In its order, the Office of Pipeline Safety said that there were a number of “undersized patches” that were used to repair the tank floor but that the owner had no records of those repairs.

The feds also said the owner “believed the tank had a double floor when there was only a single floor,” which is much less effective in preventing spills.

“They have to drain each tank and as you can see, 26,000 barrels (or 2.8 million gallons) in each tank, where’s that fuel going to go,” asked environmental activist Carroll Cox, who filed a complaint with the Office of Pipeline Safety over the spill.

Read the full story here: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/29467817/exclusive-feds-blast-owner-for-sand-island-fuel-spill

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