HILO, Hawaii – The first day of the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case hearing has concluded, and the proceeding is still on its very first witness.
After making a short presentation, planner Pery White – called by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo – spent the remainder of the day trying to answer questions from participants. So far, only about half of the parties had a chance to cross examine White.
Afterwards, TMT attorney Doug Ing and spokesperson Scott Ishikawa shared their thoughts in a video interview filmed and released to the media by Becker Communications on behalf of the observatory project.
Ing said that although they are happy that the hearing has finally begun, he lamented the “very long, tedious day” due to the pace of the hearing.
“Of course, you have many individuals who are not attorneys representing themselves,” Ing said, “and so some of that it to be expected. But hopefully things will pick up in the next couple of days.”
Ing spoke of the importance of White’s testimony explaining the conservation district rules and the resource subzone in which the TMT will be located.