KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – On November 17, the Hawaii State Supreme Court granted a last minute Emergency Motion for Stay Upon Appeal, filed by opponents of Thirty Meter Telescope, which put a temporary suspension on the observatory’s Conservation District Use Permit, effectively stopping any work at the Mauna Kea construction site.
By coincidence, the supreme court’s Associate Justice Michael D. Wilson was in Kona that very day, where he was addressing the Hawaii County Council.
Although the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the legal challenge to the state-issued permits for the TMT project, Wilson was one of the judges to thoroughly question the way in which the permit was awarded. Wilson’s questions left many with the impression that the court may rule in favor of the appellants.
But in Kona on Tuesday, Justice Wilson was not talking about TMT. Rather, he was making a presentation on the newly created Environmental Court. Portions of the video from that committee meeting are below.