HAWAII – In the hours before the Thirty Meter Telescope project will attempt to restart construction on Mauna Kea after months of delay, the office of Governor David Ige issued the following statement.
“It is our belief that there will be mutual respect and aloha on Wednesday and in the days ahead as TMT restarts construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.
TMT has the approvals needed to proceed with construction. We respect those who oppose the project and their right to peaceably assemble and to protest in an orderly and civil manner.
The State of Hawai‘i’s primary concern is the health and safety of its people. The state and Hawai‘i County are working together to uphold the law and ensure safety on roadways and on Mauna Kea, while allowing the people their right to peacefully and lawfully protest.” – Chief of Staff Mike McCartney on behalf of Governor David Ige on June 23, 2015
Governor Ige was out of state on Tuesday. Ige joined elected officials and business leaders from across the country for The Washington Post’s “Powering Cities” forum. Ige will be in Washington D.C. until June 25th.