Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is expected to
sign a bill next week that will allow the Hawaii Superferry to
resume operations while the state conducts an environmental review
of the project. The state Legislature passed the bill earlier this
also gives the governor the right to impose operating conditions on
the ferry to protect whales, prevent the spread of invasive species
and protect natural and cultural resources.
yesterday with environmental groups and Hawaii Superferry officials
to discuss the operating conditions for the ferry. Sources told the
Honolulu Advertiser, a local newspaper in Hawaii, that the meeting
was "positive and productive."
The ferry project
has faced stiff opposition from environmentalists and some
residents, especially on Maui and Kauai. The state plans to ask
that the Maui Circuit Court to lift an injunction that stopped the
vessel from using Kahului Harbor until the environmental review is
Nawiliwili Harbor in August, residents took to the water on
surfboards to block the ferry. Lingle said she believes harbor
security has been improved and that the U.S. Coast Guard will be
prepared in both harbors.
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