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Mauna Kea telescope petition delivered with 53,000 signatures

    Billy Freitas of Kona joined protests earlier this week against the Thirty Meter Telescope near the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Center. On Saturday, Gov. David Ige announced that construction will be postponed.

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.

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