Antiquated Relics – The Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Tanks

Posted on October 7, 2016


Truth be told about the Navy’s continued strong-arm fight to hold on to what is now ancient wonders of a days gone by.  In a time when the Department of Defense (DOD) is working strategically to modernize refueling and avoid long stays in ports leaving our defense Aircraft and Ships at high risk of attack, the DOD is streamlining refueling to be on the go for Ships and Aircraft alike. The DOD is globally moving to basically avoid another Pearl Harbor, and to fulfill demands of the DOD Operational Energy Strategy, the DOD is using alternatives, more renewables and private contract fuel suppliers for their Defense fuel supply  needs, to be mission ready anywhere around the world.

While the Navy here in Hawaii is working backwards in a futile effort to hold onto its “Engineering Marvel” the Red Hill Fuel Tanks located in the hills above Pearl Harbor. navy-ships

The Navy’s crude strategy to try to hold on to these 20 Hazardous Underground unlined Fuel Tanks only continue to poise a highly elevated Safety Risk & Environmental threats to Hawaii and Honolulu’s Drinking Water. The tanks are located inside of Red Hill above Halawa and sit less than 100 feet above the ground water Aquifer putting the entire drinking water for Oahu in constant jeopardy. The Tanks have had numerous leaks in the past, and are not Double lined as required by the EPA for all other fuel facilities storage tanks. The Navy Red Hill Fuel tanks have been leaking and seeping various levels of Toxic contaminants into the land and ground water for decades, as we have reported in earlier stories and TV Shows.

The Underground Fuel Tanks are nothing more than ancient relics, by all standards. And the Navy is acting like a proud father unable to come to grips with the uneconomical cost and corrective action needed as the tanks safety and efficacy is unfounded with the DOD Mission for Operational Energy Strategy to modernize refueling underway for all its Aircrafts and Ships.

DoDI 4140.25, June 25, 2015

Department of Defense


NUMBER 4140.25 June 25, 2015

SUBJECT: References:

USD(AT&L) DoD Management Policy for Energy Commodities and Related Services

See Enclosure 1

1. PURPOSE. This instruction:

a. Reissues DoD Directive (DoDD) 4140.25 (Reference (a)) as a DoD instruction (DoDI) in accordance with the authority in DoDD 5134.01 (Reference (b)).

b. Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for sizing, acquiring, and managing petroleum operating stocks (OS) and pre-positioned war reserve stocks (PWRS).

c. Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides guidance for the procurement of alternative fuels.

2. APPLICABILITY. This instruction applies to OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD (referred to collectively in this instruction as the “DoD Components”).

3. POLICY. It is DoD policy that:

a. DoD energy commodities and related services support the full range of military operations.

b. Commercial and host-nation sources of supply are used to the maximum extent to meet peacetime and wartime requirements.

c. Joint adaptive planning and execution, requirements, and acquisition processes minimize the types of fuel required to increase standardization, flexibility, and interoperability.


d. Alternative fuels are obtained using the DoD’s standard fuel procurement programs. Alternative fuels for operational purposes are purchased when cost-competitive with traditional fuels and when qualified as compatible with existing equipment and infrastructure.

e. Fuel systems are qualified to use available commercial-type fuels, including alternative fuels.

f. Bulk petroleum inventories are managed consistent with the needs of U.S. military forces worldwide to achieve the greatest practical flexibility, sustainment of forces, and minimization of DoD expenses.

g. PWRS are designated as starter or swing stocks, or both, in accordance with DoDI 3110.06 (Reference (c)). Petroleum war reserve requirements (PWRRs) are used as the basis for PWRS once resupply sources are established for an executed operation plan.

h. Government-owned energy commodity infrastructure is minimized through use of commercial capabilities and privatization, except when such infrastructure is needed for unique security reasons or when privatization is uneconomical or impractical.

4. RESPONSIBILITIES. See Enclosure 2.

5. RELEASABILITY. Cleared for public release. This instruction is available on the Internet from the DoD Issuances Website at

6. EFFECTIVE DATE. This instruction is effective June 25, 2015.


DoDI 4140.25, June 25, 2015



1. References

2. Responsibilities Glossary


Frank Kendall
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics


Article By Tina Quizon – updated on Oct. 7, 2016