Faulty pipe was not supposed to be in use at time of spillUPDATED 10:33 PM HST Sep 14, 2013Video Transcript
A complete annihilation of marine life in the harbor. That's the assessment of the Department of Health after a tour of the molasses-tainted water. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa was on that tour... ...and has more in our continuing coverage. This is where it started... The faulty pipe with a hole- about the size of a fist was found--here at the end of Matson's barge at Honolulu Harbor-- on Horizons side. The pipe, Matson says, was not supposed to be in use at the time of the spill. Investigators are still trying to figure out how molasses got there. It took DAYS to find the problem under pier 52. 2705 AT THE TIME OUR NEIGHBORS HAD A SHIP IN WE HAD BARGES ALONG THE PIER AND WE HAD A SHIP ALONG THE PIER COME TUESDAY MORNING ALL THAT VESSEL TRAFFIC DEPARTS THE HARBOR AND WE HAD A CLEAR HARBOR ALL THE WAY DOWN 2718 That's when Matson divers found the problem. About 233,000 gallons of molasses already spilled out. The estimate of fish killed is now more than 13-thousand. Fish are still floating to the surface..dead, suffocated from a lack of oxygen. With Keehi Lagoon closed- there was no commercial or recreational activity allowed, but the waters in and around Honolulu Harbor are busy with state and federal agencies taking samples of the water to study and continuing to pick up dead fish. 4109THE DOH HAS 14 SAMPLING SITES. SAMPLING THREE DEPTHS. THE DEEP WATER, MIDDLE, AND SURFACE. 4118 4324 WHILE A FEW DAYS AGO WE SAMPLED THAT THERE WAS VIRTUALLY NO OXYGEN IN THE WATER COLUMN IN LOCATIONS LIKE WE ARE SEEING SAMPLED BEHIND ME TODAY RIGHT NOW WE ARE SEEING THE OXYGEN COME BACK TO LEVELS THAT CAN SUPPORT MARINE LIFE AGAIN 4340 DOH says the water is clearer almost a week after the spill. The solution from Doh and matson is still..: let nature take its course. 4702 ONCE YOU PUT YOUR SUGAR IN THE TEA HOW DO YOU GET IT BACK OUT? IT'S DISSOLVED DIRECTLY INTO THE WATER COLUMN WE HAVE NOT IDENTIFIED AND DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE'S A THICK LAYER OF MOLASSES GOO THAT COULD BE VACUUMED UP 4718 Matson says the pipes been patched up, and the company is considering closing the pipe with concrete. Nana Ohkawa KITV4 news. State and federal agencies plan to meet Monday to discuss their findings and plan how to move forward.