Gov. Ige announces construction of telescope on Mauna Kea halted for 1 week!

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Gov. Ige announces construction of telescope on Mauna Kea halted for 1 week

Posted: Apr 07, 2015 11:28 AM HST Updated: Apr 07, 2015 11:35 AM HST

 4-7-15 HHN Gov ige announces construction

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Gov. David Ige has announced that TMT construction has agreed to a one week halt of work at the summit of Mauna Kea.So far 31 people have been arrested, most of them for defying police warnings to stop blocking construction vehicles.

The group has been blocking the road for days. Those opposed to the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope question whether land appraisals were done correctly, and whether Native Hawaiian groups were consulted.

The project’s contractor says it respects the rights of everyone to express their viewpoints.

But it also respects state law and the seven-year process that granted permits to build the telescope.

Early today Gov Ige’s Chief of Staff, Mike McCartney, released the following statement regarding Mauna Kea discussions:

“We are actively engaged in meaningful discussions and conversations with various stakeholders. We know how sacred Mauna Kea is and also how significant the mountain is for scientific research. The Governor deeply appreciates the importance of this issue to all of Hawai’i and understands the concerns being expressed by our community. At this time, we ask that people honor the process to allow productive discussions to continue. We look forward to peaceful dialog in order to find common ground in the days to come.

We will have more on this breaking story as more information becomes available.

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