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Posted on: February 2, 2023

Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr. visits site of diesel fuel spill at Haleakala


Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr. visits site of diesel fuel spill at Haleakalā

In coordination with the U.S. Space Force, 15th Space Surveillance Squadron, Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr. on Thursday visited the site of a diesel oil spill at the summit of Haleakalā to view the impacted site and receive an overview of the incident from Space Force personnel.

“My administration has been in contact with representatives of the Space Force and were able to see firsthand the area of the oil spill. I’ve spoken with Brigadier General Anthony Mastalir, commander, U.S. Space Forces Indo-Pacific, who has conveyed that the Space Force understands its responsibility to our community and is committed to full accountability for remediation and repair. I have made it clear to General Mastalir and his team that the sacredness of Haleakalā cannot be minimized and that the reverence of this wahi pana requires respectful, thorough and complete attention. I’ve also communicated that it’s important that the Space Force engages with organizations with longstanding kuleana to Haleakalā such as Friends of Haleakalā, Kila Kila `O Haleakalā and Kākoʻo O Haleakalā. The assurances I’ve received indicate that they fully intend to address the impacts of the oil spill, and we will be closely monitoring and expecting regular status reports,” said Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr.

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(All images courtesy: Gaylord Paul Garcia/County of Maui)
  1.   A view of the Maui Space Surveillance Complex from the Haleakalā visitor center on Thursday, February 2.
  2.  Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr. and his executive team arrive at the Maui Space Surveillance Complex on Thursday, February 2.
  3. Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr. receives an overview and initial assessment about the incident that occurred on Sunday, Jan. 29 from Colonel Michal D. Holliday of the Space Force.
  4. Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr. and his executive team discuss the current status of the diesel fuel spill at the Maui Surveillance Complex atop the Haleakalā summit. (From left: Leo Caires, Chief of Staff; Colonel Michal D. Holliday, Space Force; Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr.; Kekuhaupio “Keku” Akana, Managing Director; Mahina Martin, Chief of Communications and Public Affairs)
  5. Mahina Martin and Kekuhaupio “Keku” Akana discuss the diesel fuel spill with Colonel Holliday.
  6. Leo Caires, Mayor Bissen’s Chief of Staff, talks with Richard Chong, Deputy Chief of the 15th Space Surveillance Squadron, and Mayor Richard Bissen, Jr. during the site visit.

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