Lā 91: Governor's office says TMT construction 'on hold until further notice'

Hawaiʻi News Now    Posted: Jun 24, 2015 5:30 PM HST    Updated: Jun 24, 2015 7:01 PM HST

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea is on hold once again.


"We are disappointed and concerned that large boulders were found in the roadway leading to the summit of Mauna Kea. This action is a serious and significant safety hazard and could put people at risk. Because of this, we are making an assessment to determine how to proceed," said Gov. Ige's Chief of Staff Mike McCartney.


Gov. Ige is currently in Washington, D.C. for an energy forum and meetings with Hawaii's congressional delegation and federal officials.
The following is the full statement on Mauna Kea from the Governor's Office:


Eleven adults were arrested by the Hawaii Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement (DOCARE) Wednesday, during a protest to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.


The arrests are unfortunate, but the state's number one priority is the safety of the people on Mauna Kea – from TMT workers to protestors who are exercising their first amendment rights to peaceably assemble and protest in a civil manner.


We are disappointed and concerned that large boulders were found in the roadway leading to the summit of Mauna Kea. This action is a serious and significant safety hazard and could put people at risk.


Because of this, we are making an assessment to determine how to proceed.


We will be working to clear the roadway tomorrow. Therefore, construction is on hold until further notice.


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