Lā 238: TMT officials say in light of yesterday's state Supreme Court decision, they will respect the justices' ruling and stand down til December 2. No activity is expected at their site on the summit between now and then


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For the last seven months, Thirty Meter Telescope construction equipment has sat idle. But if the $1.4 billion telescope is built, the plan is to level off this area -- that's where the base will go -- and once all 18 stories are complete it will be as tall as the Subaru telescope. TMT officials say in light of yesterday's state Supreme Court decision, they will respect the justices' ruling and stand down til December 2. No activity is expected at their site on the summit between now and then, but private security guards will continue their 24/7 patrols -- complete with bodycams. As for the construction equipment, TMT officials say their crews were planning on routine maintenance and repairs had they reached their site today. At least two machines are reportedly leaking oil and fuel, but Hawaiʻi News Now has learned there are pans in place that are checked daily to ensure no hazardous materials are entering the soil. More details as they develop & be sure to tune in to our continuing coverage from Mauna Kea tonight on Hawaii News Now #HINews #HawaiiNewsNow #WeAreYourSource #MaunaKea

Posted by Mileka Lincoln on Wednesday, 18 November 2015