'07 report warned about risks of Mauna Kea telescope

'07 report warned about risks of Mauna Kea telescope

HONOLULU (AP) - A 2007 report warned about the risks involved in developing a giant telescope on Mauna Kea.

The report by a Colorado firm hired to evaluate the risks warned that building the Thirty Meter Telescope would come with stiff resistance from Native Hawaiians, lawsuits and regulatory hurdles.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that while the report didn't predict a new generation of Hawaiians taking the opposition to a new level, it gives some insight into what's happening now.

The $1.4 billion project remains at a construction standstill amid protests from those who say the telescope will desecrate sacred land.

The 19-page report concluded there would be no fast-track to bringing the telescope to Mauna Kea. It didn't offer any recommendations on whether the telescope should be built.

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