Molasses spill could take months to clean, health officials sayUPDATED 5:47 PM HST Sep 12, 2013Video Transcript
from state health officials who also say however, they also believe the worst is over. KITV4's Catherine Cruz joins us with the with the lastest developments in our top story. Officials don't believe this spill will have much effect on Oahu's south shore and should not impact areas toward Pearl harbor or Ewa. 2,000 dead fish. That's the take of marine life three days after Matson's massive molasses spill in the harbor. The state's emergency response to deal with the fish kill include three boats on the water and two crews on the coast. - William Aila 45:36 - 45;40 "The take-home story is we had something that perhaps we should have been prepared for. We weren't..." But the immediate focus is how best to minimize the impact on the marine environment. - TAPE 1 Gary Gill 3:30- 3:50 -- "The best thing to do is what we are doing now to deal with the polluted waters and that's letting nature clean the water out through rains wind tides and currents," There is no known technology to deal with a molasses spill. Surveys of the sugar plume in the days to come will dictate if the situation will trigger other options. l One would be using ships propellers to help flush out the harbor or vacuuming the molasses off the sea floor Crews have been taking water samples at different levels in the water. in ten different areas. - Tape 1 Gary Gill 4:30- 4: 47 "Today we have added two new sampling sites in the Kapalama canal so that information will build and tell us how quickly this disaster is diminishing over time and help advise what additional response action we can take," But Gill cautioned there is a downside to stirring up the bottom of the harbor. It may take at least a week for toxicology reports to come back to confirm what killed the fish, but the initial report from the US Geological Survey is that they died from lack of oxygen. Matson will be doing daily aerial surveys to see how the flume is dissipating and what the impact areas will be. It will be sharing that info with state officials.