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Honolulu police arrest more opponents blocking convoy to Kahuku wind farm  

Credit:  By HNN Staff | Hawaii News Now | October 20, 2019 | www.hawaiinewsnow.com ~~

Honolulu police have started arresting people who are trying to stop the transport of heavy equipment to a new wind farm on Oahu’s north shore.

At least two dozen opponents of the Na Pua Makani project have joined themselves together with zip ties and duct tape in Kalaeloa in West Oahu. They are sitting in the road to block the convoy headed to Kahuku.

The arrests started just after 10:45 p.m. Sunday. Earlier in the evening, authorities warned demonstrators that they would be arrested if they refused to clear the road and remain behind yellow police tape.

AES Hawaii was scheduled to transport their wind turbine equipment between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Friday.

The company plans to build eight turbines. Once the wind farm is operational in 2020, the facility is expected to produce enough renewable energy to power 16,000 homes.

Critics, however, are concerned about potential health effects and the killing of native wildlife such as the Hawaiian hoary bat.

Last week, police arrested 55 people who attempted to block the first convoy of turbine parts in Kalaeloa and Kahuku.

Source:  By HNN Staff | Hawaii News Now | October 20, 2019 | www.hawaiinewsnow.com

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