The Hawaii State Legislature, completing a
week-long special session, approved a bill that allows the
controversial interisland Hawaii Superferry to operate while an
environmental assessment of its impact is being conducted.
Hawaii Gov. Linda
Lingle is expected to sign the bill this week; one of the
provisions of the bill is that the government can place operating
conditions on ferry service to protect whales and other marine
life, prevent the spread of invasive species and preserve cultural
and natural resources.
The bill would
overturn a Maui court ruling that blocked Hawaii Superferry from
using Mauis Kahului Harbor until the state completes an
The state Supreme
Court ruled in August that the state was in error in February 2005
when it exempted the project from an environmental
CEO John Garibaldi said after the vote that he hopes to resume
service between Oahu and Maui and Kauai by Nov. 15.
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