Mauna Kea telescope petition delivered with 53,000 signatures
Foes of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Monday delivered to Gov. David Ige a petition with more than 53,000 signatures opposed to the $1.4 billion project on Mauna Kea.
Kealoha Pisciotta, leader of the Mauna Kea Hui, also called on the governor to pardon the 31 “protectors” who were arrested April 2 trying to prevent work vehicles from reaching the construction site at the summit of the 13,796-foot mountain.
In addition, Pisciotta asked Ige to rescind the appointment of state Attorney General Douglas Chin because he was the former managing partner of a law firm, Carlsmith Ball, which is representing the University of Hawaii and the TMT project in the lawsuits filed by the Mauna Kea Hui against the development.