Energy & Environment

Navy Finds Tiny Holes in Red Hill Tank

Despite their size, the defects could be responsible for a 27,000-gallon fuel spill.

·By Sophie Cocke

Five months after the U.S. Navy announced that one of the tanks at its Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility on Oahu may have leaked some 27,000 gallons of jet fuel, military officials say they may have discovered the source of the leak.

Inspectors found three small holes in the massive tank, according to a Navy press release issued Thursday. They aren’t big enough to be visible to the naked eye, but were discovered during a tank examination that included “vacuum box testing,” which indicates whether air can flow through the tank’s wall.

“The small holes were

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