TMT construction begins July 15


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According to a press announcement today from the governor’s office in Hawaii, construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope will finally begin during the week of July 15 following several years of delays due to protests.

The State Department of Transportation announced that Mauna Kea Access Road will be closed and there could be lane and other road closures associated with large equipment movement beginning July 15. In addition, hunting units A, K, and G in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve area will be temporarily closed to hunting effective July 15. Both measures are being taken to ensure the safety and security of the public and personnel involved in moving equipment for the TMT project up the Mauna Kea Access Road.

Expect more protests. The real question is whether the Democratic governor David Ige can stand up to them, especially because these protesters have been using the kind of identity politics that the Democratic Party relies on. Ige would have to defy that, and I haven’t seen a Democrat do that in decades.

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2 comments

  • Nick P

    A Democrat with backbone? No such animal.

  • Jay

    I remember the first time I went to work on Oahu five years ago and the protests were going on. I have been watching this story with interest and I do not see the TMT being built there. This is the second or third time they announced resuming construction. I see another lawsuit or injunction to halt construction.

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