(Big Island Video News) HILO, Hawaii – Palikapu Dedman with the Pele Defense Fund addressed the Windward Planning Commission on Thursday (Jan. 8, 2015), demanding the commission release funds for a study on the possible adverse impacts upon Native Hawaiians associated with the development of geothermal energy generation facilities on the island. Dedman was arguing from a defensive position. Prior to his testimony, it was revealed a claims adjuster had recommended the commission deny the funding request. Dedman even lashed out at a planning commissioner for interrupting his testimony.
After hearing from Dedman and others, the planning commission voted to approve the release of $293,760 from the Geothermal Asset Fund to undertake the impact study. The commission also requested the planning department establish a Native Hawaiian Health Study Review Board that will provide advice in the conduct of the study.
Palikapu Dedman has a long, passionate history of opposition to geothermal development in Hawaii. The only facility currently operating in Hawaii is Puna Geothermal Venture in Pohoiki.
More footage from this meeting will be found here: January 8th 2015 Windward Planning Commission meeting
by Big Island Video News
Pele Defense Fund figure lashes out at Windward Planning commissioner for interrupting his testimony