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Officials are committed to escorting construction vehicles for the Thirty Meter Telescope up the mountain this week.
UPDATED: Opponents are still trying to stop the observatory from being built on Mauna Kea and the state is bracing for protests.
This is the latest complaint against the planned observatory, which is on the cusp of breaking ground atop Mauna Kea.
They’re planning to meet with the president of a foundation established by Gordon and Betty Moore that pledged $250 million to the project.
Justice Michael Wilson said he didn’t read the messages from Sam Gon, a member of the state board that approved the telescope project.
The ruling prevents another contested case hearing, but a construction permit appeal is still pending before the court.
Opponents say a state appeals judge had a conflict of interest when she granted a permit for the project.
The giant telescope could still be moved to Spain, but the TMT board of governors prefers Mauna Kea.
The bill would limit the number of telescopes on the mountaintop and authorize the new manager to renegotiate leases and permits pertaining to the mountain.
Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea was approved by the BLNR in September.