Amid the controversy surrounding the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), the Executive Director has released a statement in response to the ongoing situation.

Ed Stone, TMT Executive Director released the following statement:

“TMT has been very patient. We worked very long and very hard to comply with all laws and regulations. We’ve also worked long and hard with the community and to develop understanding and respect for the culture. We are and have been prepared to access the site, but our legal rights to access have been blocked. We don’t have the power to clear the blockade. We need to depend on law enforcement to do that. It’s a very difficult and urgent situation for us.”