One of the last hurdles left for Hawaii
Superferry to clear in its two-month-long effort to resume service
may come on Nov. 14 when the Maui Circuit Court holds a hearing to
consider a motion by the State of Hawaii and Hawaii Superferry
requesting the end to an injunction prohibiting the ferry from
operating in Maui's Kahului Harbor.
The court imposed
the injunction on Oct. 9, ruling the ferry could not operate until
the state completed a study to determine whether the inter-island service
would have a negative impact on sea life and the
later passed legislation signed into law by Gov. Linda Lingle that
permits Hawaii Superferry to resume service while an environmental
impact study is conducted.
While the law was
crafted with input from several stakeholders, including
environmental groups, there are indications that hearing may not be
smooth sailing for the Superferry.
Advertiser, a local newspaper, reported that a lawyer representing
the environmental groups that pressed for the injunction intends to
argue to the court to keep it in place.
groups, which have protested the high-speed ferry even before it
began operating for a short time in late August, contend that as it
operates between Oahu, Maui and Kauai it could pose a risk to
humpback whales and other sea life.
contact reporter Michael Milligan, send e-mail to [email protected].