July 12, 2015 at 5:33 pm
Video courtesy ‘Olelo Community Media, June 24 video by David Corrigan
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Board of Land and Natural Resources member and Keaukaha resident Stanley Roehrig declared on Friday that the Thirty Meter Telescope is holding the other telescopes on Mauna Kea hostage.
Roehrig, an attorney and former University of Hawaii Regent, made the statement during testimony given by Doug Simons of the Canada France Hawaii Telescope. Simons was speaking in support of new rules restricting access to the mountain, a state proposal in response to the ongoing blockade of TMT by opponents of the $1.4 billion observatory.
Roehrig, who ultimately voted in favor of the new rules, spoke often during Friday’s hearing on Oahu. He told Simons that times have changed because of the TMT controversy. “All my neighbors in Keaukaha, they got flags flying in their cars and trucks,” he said.
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