Kaua‘i community groups sue DLNR over West Kaua‘i Energy Project
LIHU‘E — Two Kaua‘i community organizations are suing the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, claiming the department failed to sufficiently examine the environmental impact of a proposed Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative energy project.
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I understand the NIMBY. Most NIMBY’s probablily use, and probably waste, electricity. People elsewhere in the world are suffering enviormentally so Kauai’s NIMBYs can have energy. Solar panels, lithium batteries, fossel fuels, etc all have significant enviormental impacts, We on Kauai just don’t suffer from those impacts. I guess that’s worth fighting for.
Will someone explain why they are saying that “the project would also divert up to 26 million gallons of water per day from the Waimea River for a period of at least 65 years” ? Maybe you divert this much to fill the reservoir at the beginning and replenish for evaporation, but this is a closed system that uses the same water over and over again, right? Reporter Jackson Healy, please do an immediate follow-up story so that we understand the concerns of the litigants. We need a very good reason to justify the delay.
Wake up people! This is just another reason why our cost of living here is so high. It’s frivolous and unnecessary lawsuits like this that add to the State’s cost of government. This is why so many Hawaii people are moving to the mainland where it’s much cheaper to live.
The 26MGD is not correct. KIUC will be allowed to divert a rolling average of 11MGD for the project for hydropower and agriculture. Poai Wai Ola was one of the parties who agreed to the 11MGD in the Waimea Mediation Agreement.
Being a life-long resident of Kekaha, I am opposed to the location of KIUC’s energy plan, specifically Mana, Kekaha and Waimea. I am NOT opposed to clean energy, and if this project is to be as spectacular as KIUC paints the picture to be, why isn’t it located on the side of the island that gets the most rain? I’ll tell you why, because THAT SIDE of the island, WON’T ALLOW IT.
The land, ocean, rivers and air space of Mana, Kekaha and Waimea have given so much to generations of our island people already. Agriculture, aquaculture, landfill, missile range and visitor industry have brought opportunity, yet at a cost. West Kauai cannot carry this burden for the entire island and make the sacrifices required of this project.
My simple words and testimony at past community meetings have not influenced the progress of this project. With regard to community representation, our westside community, commonly made up of multigenerational households, just don’t have the time to come out and voice their opinion. We barely have time to keep up with the laundry!
I’m praying for the best outcome. Mahalo to the tireless community members who are able to turn words into action and action into change. As Morgan Freeman once said, “there must never be a time when we fail to protest”. Mahalo Ke Akua.