Sunday, June 21, 2015

 

Why is toxic fuel allowed to sit on top of our aquifer anyway?? The public speaks out (videos)



We are not polar bears, sitting on our ice floes unable to change our fatethere I go, quoting myself again…



by Larry Geller

Below are videos of public comment that you won’t find in the conventional media. There’s a threat against the safety of Oahu’s water supply, and people are, indeed speaking out. Take a few minutes to hear their voices, because what you will see in these videos did not make it into the commercial media.

Thanks to Doug Matsuoka for making these available and for his hard work editing the public comment.

The tanks of fuel at Red Hill, already leaking, threaten 25% of Oahu’s water supply. My question: Why isn’t the operator, the US Navy, made to suck all of their fuel out of those tanks at Red Hill and put it elsewhere?

You’d think that a 27,000-gallon leak last year would be a wakeup call, and you’d be right. Thursday a meeting at Moanalua Middle School was reported to have attracted about 200 people for a hearing on a plan that calls for “better technology” and better “detection of leaks.”

Photo credit: H. Doug Matsuoka
(Panoramic photo by Doug Matsuoka, click here for larger)

I don’t think we want our showers, lawn sprinklers and miso-ramen to stink like a Jiffy-Lube, so something needs to be done, clearly. But I couldn’t attend the meeting.

Fortunately, Doug Matsuoka streamed the whole thing. It’s an incredible service. Probably those following Doug’s live stream on their phones had a better view than many people in the auditorium.

Also, as Doug notes in his comment attached one of his YouTube videos:

The moderators from the EPA and Dept of Health timed their presentation to force press to leave to meet deadlines before the public had time to speak. They even put in a 21 minute "intermission" and waited for the commercial media to leave. I stayed...

Polluting our water supply is a big deal. A really big deal. But we are not polar bears, sitting on our ice floes unable to change our fate. So please check out the videos below and consider how to become active on this issue. Those who attended the meeting are already fighting back—you can too.

List of videos below, with their Livestream or YouTube links. The videos follow below the list. You can check the links for Doug’s comments on each video.

1. Doug’s livestream recording of the entire meeting—more than you’ll find in the media, because at least some of them left early. It’s long: 2 hrs 42 minutes, but Doug advises that it is worth fast-forwarding to the comments in the second half.

https://livestream.com/accounts/3132312/events/4138497/videos/90702254

2. The public comment in full:

https://youtu.be/Qhp-FDV5UDo

3. The Board of Water Supply comment:

https://youtu.be/obMYJX0eJXU

4. Laura Thielen’s comment:

https://youtu.be/K7Iv1YbrY0s

5. Doug: “Mike Gabbard saying there are 26 more tanks (but where Mike?)”:

https://youtu.be/CPt_0PxsTNE

6. Comment by Hawaiian National Phillippo Souza (“Take out your fuel tanks”):

https://youtu.be/U9XzVPayP3M

Related: Officials: Threat to Oahu’s Water Supply More Serious Than Thought (Civil Beat, 3/8/2014) (yes, 2014)

 

Here are the videos, so that the record is complete in one place.

1. Doug’s livestream recording of the entire meeting

 

2. The public comment in full:

3. The Board of Water Supply comment:

4. Laura Thielen’s comment:

5. Doug: “Mike Gabbard saying there are 26 more tanks (but where Mike?)”:

6. Comment by Hawaiian National Phillippo Souza:



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