Claims about TMT’s impact on watershed are just plain false, according to expert, EIS

//Claims about TMT’s impact on watershed are just plain false, according to expert, EIS

The most vocal opposition to the Thirty Meter Telescope project has come from the perspective of the rights of indigenous people and the cultural significance of the site.

However, the project also has been criticized for fear that development on the site will contaminate or otherwise impact groundwater throughout the island. Some criticism — largely promulgated on social media — went so far as to speculate that the TMT project will seek to drill into groundwater at Maunakea’s summit.

Those fears are not credible, said geochemist Don Thomas, director for the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at the University of Hawaii Manoa Institute of Geophysics and Planetology.

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