MAUNA KEA, Hawaii – The Hawaii State Supreme Court has granted a last minute Emergency Motion for Stay Upon Appeal, filed by opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope project, putting a temporary suspension on the observatory’s Conservation District Use Permit.
Aloha ‘Aina advocates were gathering in defense of Mauna Kea when today’s news came down from Honolulu. TMT planned to send a small crew to the contentious construction site on the northern plateau of the summit in order to do maintenance and equipment repair. Local law enforcement was gearing up to ensure the TMT crews had safe access to the summit area.
Last night, attorney Richard Naiwieha Wurdeman, representing the appellants in the ongoing supreme court case (Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, Clarence Kukauakahi Ching, Flores-Case Ohana, Deborah J. Ward, Paul K. Neves, And Kahea: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance) filed the emergency motion with the court in a last ditch effort to stop the ascent.
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