Burning Hawaii's trees for electricity is not renewable or sustainable - Stop Hu Honua

Burning Hawaii's trees for electricity is not renewable or sustainable - Stop Hu Honua

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Malama Hamakua started this petition to Public Utilities Commission puc@hawaii.gov and

Hū Honua will irreversibly destroy the Big Island of Hawaii's resources and affect the quality of life forever. It must be stopped.
Hawaii’s last huge tracts of beautiful undeveloped coastline are found on the Big Island, most notably in Hāmākua, a rich agricultural and scenic area north of Hilo, known for lush native forests, tumbling waterfalls, black sand beaches next to towering cliffs, and important cultural sites such as Waipio Valley. These fertile, gorgeous lands are being targeted for industrial exploitation. One of the most egregious industrial facilities in the works is the Hū Honua Bionergy facility in Pepeʻekeo, which plans to burn thousands of acres of trees for electric power.

Hū Honua proposes to:
-Cut 5 acres of eucalyptus trees per day in Kaʻū, Hilo, and Hāmākua;
-Drive 5-6 logging trucks PER HOUR (on “light” days) to the power plant in Pepe'ekeo through 2-lane roads and bridges, from Kau in the south, through Hilo, and down the coast from the north;
-Burn these trees to generate energy;
-Draw 21.6 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER PER DAY from the Hakalau aquifer to cool the turbines;
-Add over 2 dozen hazardous chemicals to the now hot water;
-Inject the hot contaminated water back into the aquifer via 3 injection wells that are 400 feet and less than 100 feet from the edge of geologically unstable ocean cliffs; and allow the hot, contaminated water to rise up in the ocean seabed to directly impact coral reefs and critically endangered Hawksbill turtles.
Importantly, this project will exacerbate our climate crisis by releasing 300,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually and destroy carbon-absorbing trees. It will harm the marine life in the adjacent coastline as well as create erosion issues on land. It will emit air pollution that will impact neighboring communities. It will increase the number of large diesel trucks occupying our roads.
All of this for energy that is double the price of renewables.
Hu Honua will negatively impact our environment and quality of life and must be stopped.  Thank you for your support!

More information can be found at malamahamakua.org 

 

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