Shipper will pay for Hawaii molasses spill cleanupUPDATED 6:27 PM HST Sep 16, 2013Video Transcript
One week after a massive molasses spill, officials say they are collecting fewer dead fish. The President and CEO of Matson took lawmakers and the media out on the water to see first hand how the plume has dissipated in Honolulu Harbor-- and to reassure that Hawaii residents will NOT have to pay for the cleanup. KITV4's Catherine Cruz has our continuing coverage. The mid-morning fish count was encouraging ... - tape one NATS 1:20 "Are we seeing the numbers declined oh yeah the last few days quite a bit. They're counting DEAD fish.. Not live ones.. And the state hopes to put a dollar amount on the devastation.. The tally as of today 25,000 dead fish of all sizes, but no protected species - William Aila 5:08-5:15 "There is one monk seal seen at the boathouse interested in some of the fish" Lawmakers took a tug out on the harbor to see first hand where the molasses leaked from an unused pipe. This raised pipe is what matson normally uses. - Chris Lee tape one 20:45-20:53 - "Our initial investigation focused here and we started going both directions looking for any indication of a problem.... Matson's next- door neighbor spotted the trouble first. - Cruz 28: 18 -28: 25 "It was Horizon that first noticed the spill because the molasses was coming out of pipe on their side of the harbor." But its believed Matson is responsible for the easement even though the pipe is part of the system it normally uses. Today the company's president apoligized once again to the people of Hawaii with the assurance that consumers won't pay for this through any rate hikes. - Matt Fox 15: 18-- 15 :26 "Matson accepts responsilibility and a commitment that taxpayers are not going to have to foot the bill and exactly what the cost is not known time will tell," Officials are still keeping a close eye on Keehi lagoon where discoloration is still heavy and the area is offlimits to recreational uses. Water is still being tested in 11 areas and so far oxygen levels have gone up in five of the 11 areas . - Della 13:36- 13:45 - "I think there are lots of unanswered questions that we will need to look at as lawmakers about inspections and responsibilities and maintanence that the public has been asking," DOT officials didn't require a molasses response plan before, and apparently didn't see a need to inspect the system So, what happens now??? - Tape 2 GLENN OKIMOTO 24: 21- 24:39 -"If we need an inspection system for molasses because all the other regucalted commodities pretty stingently and Matson follows all of those. So at no time did the DOT flag the inspection of that pipe? Not to my knowledge" The state hopes to get some results of the fish and coral samping later this week. Talks are underway to come up with a plan to offset the enviromental damage. Lawmakers had planned to hold a hearing on the molasses spill this week, but now say they will wait until the various agencies probing the spill have results to talk about.