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Kauai dairy farm opposed by biologists and residents

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:01 p.m. HST, Apr 11, 2014

LIHUE, Hawaii >> A group of biologists and residents is opposing plans for a dairy farm on Kauai, claiming the project is moving forward without proper permits and will have harmful environmental impacts.

In a letter to the county earlier this month, the group urged the Department of Public Works to take a closer look at Hawaii Dairy Farms, which hopes to begin producing milk for customers next year on more than 580 acres in Mahaulepu.

"We, the undersigned, believe that HDF has amply demonstrated their disregard for the environment, willingness to play fast and loose with their facts, such that they cannot be entrusted with so precious an area," Koloa resident Bridget Hammerquist and 14 others wrote in the letter.

Signatures include Don Heacock, a fisheries biologist with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Carl Berg of the Surfrider Foundation Kauai chapter.

Hawaii Dairy Farms spokeswoman Amy Hennessey said the company never went outside of its permitting, and it's disheartening to hear some believe the project is not doing what's right for the community.

"We don't want to do something that's harmful," she said, adding that the claims are based on assumptions.

County spokeswoman Beth Tokioka told the Garden Island (http://ow.ly/vHcMb ) that the Public Works Department's chief engineer was working on a response to the letter.

Berg said the group isn't opposed to a dairy farm, but the location is problematic. "If we didn't have to worry about everything running into the ocean, Surfrider wouldn't care," he said.

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livinginhawaii wrote:
It would be helpful to understand how many signatures come from residents who were born in Hawaii vs residents who are mainland transplants....
on April 11,2014 | 12:28PM
innocentBystander wrote:
It's ironic that "transplants" are often the one's trying to protect Hawai'i's natural environment from the "natives".
on April 11,2014 | 01:52PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
That could not be further from the truth. You do realize that the Superferry had stringent controls in place to prevent the transfer of evasive species? Transplants shut it down in favor of existing transportation methods that cause much greater damage to the environment. Don't forget the hippies that lived in filth ignoring the old ways of land conservation. Before all of the transplants we use to actually be able to swim in the wet caves...
on April 11,2014 | 03:06PM
serious wrote:
We're continuing our tradition of being the #1 worst State to do business --- keep voting Democratic--let's get 100% on welfare!!!
on April 11,2014 | 01:01PM
Too_Much_Pilikia wrote:
Pretty soon Kauai residents going starve from resisting all forms of farming in their imaginary world. Aiyaaah ...but wait now,.you went and killed the super ferry too! So how you gonna bring back your food supplies from Oahu?? Hawaiian Air?? A good start would be to send all the mainland protestors back to where they came from. Local protestors can then remove their leashes and begin thinking for themselves.
on April 11,2014 | 01:20PM
innocentBystander wrote:
People forget that there can be no "economy" in Hawai'i if there's no "Hawai'i" to economize.
on April 11,2014 | 01:54PM
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