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SUIT FILED AGAINST TURTLE BAY'S SEIS12/3/13
Keep The North Shore Country ("KNSC") filed a lawsuit asking the Circuit
Court to require Turtle Bay Resort, LLC, ("Turtle Bay") to properly study the environmental
impacts of its proposed expansion plan. KNSC requests Turtle Bay's Supplemental
Environmental Impact Statement (“SEIS”) be set aside for five specific reasons:
One, Turtle Bay failed to accurately describe the proposed project and
therefore it is impossible to legally evaluate the project's actual
Two, Turtle Bay uses the “Full Build Out” alternative from 1985 for the
purpose of environmental impact comparisons, even though Turtle Bay
has no intention of pursuing the "Full Build Out," thereby skewing the
Three, the SEIS does not adequately and vigorously evaluate a “No
Action" alternative as specifically required under the law;
Four, the SEIS fails to adequately evaluate cumulative traffic impacts;
Five, the SEIS violates the law by failing to properly evaluate the impacts
for wetlands, marine water quality and threatened and endangered species.
In 2010, the Hawai`i Supreme Court determined a 1985 Environmental Impact
Statement was no longer valid for the Turtle Bay Resort's planned expansion. KNSC and
Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter were the plaintiffs in that case, known as Unite Here! vs.
City & County of Honolulu.
The Final SEIS was accepted by the City & County of Honolulu Department of
Planning and Permitting ("DPP") on October 3, 2013 and public notification of this
decision was given on October 23, 2013. KNSC provided extensive comments to DPP
and Turtle Bay on the Draft SEIS, including grave concerns about the lack of proper
baseline analysis: the "No Action" alternative. Unfortunately, the Final SEIS remains
fatally flawed and should have been rejected by DPP.
Here is a copy of the complaint
Here is our official Press Release
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