In December 2019 a moratorium was declared and all law enforcement officials left Mauna Kea. Opponents of TMT stood down.
That moratorium is supposed to be lifted at the end of this month, unless telescope officials approve a request from Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim.
“I said ok I am making a formal request as Mayor of the County of Hawaii that we extend this two-month period to be possible four months or even more,” Mayor Kim said.
Mayor Harry Kim turned to the TMT Board of Governors asking for more time.
“The purpose of it as I stated is to see if we can get people together to see how we can possibly go forward,” Mayor Kim said.
He expects to hear back soon but as of Wednesday afternoon he had not received an answer.
A TMT spokesperson confirmed that Mayor Kim did reach out to TMT on a proposed extension.