Stop Cable Construction in Whale Sanctuary
  • Petitioned Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii Legislators
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Stop Cable Construction in Whale Sanctuary

    1. Petition by

      I Aloha Molokai

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May 2012

Victory

Update from I Aloha Molokai: The State Legislature has not passed the bills which would have exempted the undersea cable from environmental review. The legislature has adjourned for the year. Hopefully, this bill will not be reintroduced next year.

Tell HI Governor: Stop Undersea Cable Construction from Destroying Habitat of Humpback Whales and Endangered Monk Seals.

 

Humpback whales and the federally-endangered Hawaiian monk seals are being threatened by a proposed multi-billion dollar interisland undersea electric cable that would be blasted through the Hawaiian Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary with “fast-tracked” environmental and public review.

 

Thousands of North Pacific humpback whales travel each year  to the Sanctuary to mate, give birth, and nurse their young.  The Humpback Whale is the fifth largest whale in the world and the fourth most endangered. Also protected in the Sanctuary are the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals - one of the rarest marine mammals in the world, as well as five species of sea turtles, three species of dolphins, and hundreds of other marine species. 

 

The cable would also be dynamited through the world-famous Molokai Reef, the largest and most pristine coral reef north of Australia. Coral reefs occur in only 2% of the world’s oceans and have a diversity of life that is second only to that of a tropical rain forest.

 

In the center of the Sanctuary are the islands of Molokai and Lanai, and the Molokai Reef separates these two rural Hawaiian island paradises. These waters are socially, economically and culturally important to the residents. The Governor already knows that on Molokai over 97% of people polled oppose the cable. Hundreds of Hawaii’s residents from all the islands and one neighborhood board which represents 6,000 households on O’ahu have written the Governor and Legislators to voice their opposition as well.

 

If Governor Neil Abercrombie has his way, this project could be built with an exemption from required environmental impact analysis, and severely limited public input. Yet studies have shown that such cables emit electromagnetic fields which disorient marine life and irrevocably impact the ocean environment. It will be rubber-stamped without due process – without public input from residents of Hawaii and, not to mention, everyone worldwide who wants to protect whales, sea turtles, monk seals, and dolphins.

 

Please join us in urging Governor Abercrombie and Hawaii’s legislators to require strict environmental accountability on this project and to allow Molokai and Lanai to opt out, as the vast majority of the islands’ residents have requested.

For more information visit IAlohaMolokai.com.

Mahalo

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Petition has suceeded

      The State Legislature has not passes the bills which would have exempted the undersea cable from environmental review. The legislature has adjourned for the year. Hopefully, this bill will not be reintroduced next year.

      Thank you for your support.

    2. Rep. Cynthia Thielen Continues to Support this Peition

      Hawaii does not need a Billion Dollar underseas cable. Each Island has powerful energy in its surrounding ocean waters. We can use Wave Energy Converters and provide a clean, reliable, low cost source of power without constructing an undersea cable.

      Aloha,
      Rep. Cynthia Thielen

    3. Decision-maker Hawaii State Representatives responds:

      Hawaii State Representatives

      Hawaii does not need a Billion Dollar underseas cable. Each Island has powerful energy in its surrounding ocean waters. We can use Wave Energy Converters and provide a clean, reliable, low cost source of power without constructing an un...


    4. Decision-maker Hawaii State Representatives responds:

      Hawaii State Representatives

      The Underseas Cable must be stopped. Fight back to kill this costly project. Each Island has enough power on its own if they use power from the ocean. Wave Energy Converters will light up our islands without needing an undersea Billion...


    5. Rep. Cynthia Thielen Replies to our Petition

      I oppose the Cable bill and voted against it in the House. Mahalo to you for working to defeat it.

      Aloha,
      Rep. Cynthia Thielen

      repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov
      808-586-6480

    6. Decision-maker Hawaii State Representatives responds:

      Hawaii State Representatives

      I oppose the Cable bill and voted against it in the House. Mahalo to you for working to defeat it. Aloha, Rep. Cynthia Thielen


    7. Hawaii Legislators to Vote

      Please watch the latest IAM film on our Facebook page and sent emails. Even if you are not a Hawaiian voter, you can still send emails to the legislators. They need to know that everyone in the world cares about our oceans!

      Share the petition as well. We still need your help.

      Mahalo

    8. Mahalo to our International Supporters

      I Aloha Molokai wants to thank the international communities who are responding to our petition to protect the aquatic inhabitants of the Hawaiian Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Please continue to support our petition.

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. Keep the Pressure On

      The State Legislators this week are again taking up legislation which would allow the cable to be exempt from environmental impact scrutiny. We will keep the pressure on them not to pass this legislation. Your signatures help.

    11. Friends of Lana'i Joins IAM Petition

      Friends of Lana's has passed a resolution against the undersea cable and supports the IAM petition. IAM thanks Friends of Lana's for its support. Follow the link below to learn more about Lana'i.

    12. Aloha Kanaloa Coalition Releases Monk Sea Awareness Video

      In response to the series of "suspicious" Hawaiian monk seal deaths in Hawai`i, a group of concerned citizens and organizations have stepped up efforts to educate the public about the plight of the critically endangered marine mammal. The group, identified as the Aloha Kanaloa Coalition (www.alohakanaloacoalition.org <http://www.alohakanaloacoalition.org> ) recently released a public service announcement video aimed at raising awareness about the critical status of the monk seal.

      Please watch the video and pass it on to others after you sign our petition.

    13. Reached 100 signatures
    14. IAM Responds to Hawaii On-Line News Service

      Watch the video in the link below to hear IAM President Kanoho Helm ask the Governor to explain the facts behind the costly undersea cable which will go through the Whale Sanctuary if connected to Molokai. We need environmental review.

    15. Reached 50 signatures
    16. Link to this petition has been posted on IAlohaMolokai.com.

      Our website has more information on the cable,

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Barbara Kyte MAUNALOA, HI
      • over 2 years ago

      Please DO NOT build wind mills on Molokai and DO NOT put the undersea cable from Molokai to Oahu. This is ludicrous and insane!! You should be protecting Molokai instead of destroying it! Shame on you.

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    • Kim Barenholtz BRIGHTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Molokai is a special place and these creatures have the right to thrive in THEIR natural habitat. The people of Molokai respect this and so do I.

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    • Lawrence Aki KAUNAKAKAI, HI
      • over 2 years ago

      This cable is not consistent to protecting our undersea environment

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    • Spencer Bevill MAUNALOA, HI
      • over 2 years ago

      We believe this is not in the best interest of Molokai, and Hawaii. The cost, damage to the ocean reefs is not prudent for the long term of Hawaii and the electric grid. Other means of generating power is long term more productive for the future.

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    • Mahina Weatherholtz KAPOLEI, HI
      • over 2 years ago

      Common Sense....Each island should take care of their own energy problems and not put them off on outer islands.....the list can go on forever

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