TMT Extends Construction Delay
Thirty Meter Telescope officials have once again postponed construction of the TMT project.
Governor David Ige announced late Friday afternoon that TMT leadership informed him of the decision to halt construction.
In a statement, Gov. Ige expressed his understanding of the process that TMT underwent to gain legal permission to construct the telescope.
“My understanding is that TMT followed an almost 7 year planning and permitting process, which included public hearings and community input. Following this process, project permits were issued,” Gov. Ige said. “The TMT team is legally entitled to use its discretion to proceed with construction.
“I understand that not everyone will agree with this and recognize and respect their right to appeal through the court system.”
According to his statement, Gov. Ige said that he is using this time of pause to listen and learn about Mauna Kea from various stakeholders. In the process, he says he has learned about issues in other areas that need attention to create and put in place a better plan for the stewardship of Mauna Kea.
Some of the implementations, according to Gov. Ige, may include: decommissioning and removing older telescopes and facilities to restore the summit, reducing the level of activity on the summit, and integrating culture and science.
“My administration will be working with the University of Hawai’i, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the community to actively pursue these outcomes,” Gov. Ige stated.