No decision on Mauna Kea lease
The state Board of Land and Natural Resources deferred action on the University of Hawaii’s request for new leases on Mauna Kea on Friday.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Land and Natural Resources said the board chose to withhold a vote while UH conducts an environmental impact statement.
UH requested time to conduct an EIS in response to testimony from the Nov. 8 BLNR meeting, she said. It did not provide a timeline for how long that may take.
UH has two existing leases covering the Mauna Kea Science Reserve and Hale Pohaku Mid-Level Facilities.
They are set to expire in 2033 and 2041. The new leases UH has proposed would run through 2078.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has recommended approval of the request but its Division of Historic Preservation and the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs had expressed reservations.
OHA has said it would like to see more environmental review before new leases are granted.
The board initially deferred action last month due to lack of a quorum.
UH officials made the request in order to help it negotiate subleases for current and future telescopes and meet management obligations provided by the state.
Rules for posting comments
Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Oahu Publishing Inc. or this newspaper. This is a public forum.
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content but the newspaper is under no obligation to do so. Comment posters are solely responsible under the Communications Decency Act for comments posted on this Web site. Oahu Publishing Inc. is not liable for messages from third parties.
IP and email addresses of persons who post are not treated as confidential records and will be disclosed in response to valid legal process.
Do not post:
- Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
- Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
- Copyrighted materials of any sort without the express permission of the copyright holder.
- Personal attacks, insults or threats.
- The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
- Comments unrelated to the story.
If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon below the comment.