03/08/2014 12:29 pm ET Updated Mar 08, 2014

Threat To Oahu's Water Supply More Serious Than Thought

PF Bentley

The Navy says it will install more monitoring wells around its massive Red Hill fuel storage facility to make sure that leaked fuel that has contaminated the groundwater isn’t migrating toward county drinking water supplies, an environmental threat that state and county officials say is a growing concern for them.

Mike Williamson, commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii, outlined the commitment during a joint legislative committee hearing at the State Capitol on Friday, where Navy, state and county officials spent two hours briefing lawmakers about a recent 27,000 gallon fuel spill at the facility.

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