Environmentalists, Lawmakers Frustrated with Molasses Spill

Sep 22, 2013

An aerial photo of molasses in Keehi Lagoon, taken Thursday 9/12.
Credit Department of Health

Matt Cox, Matson President and CEO, briefs media on company's response.
Credit Wayne Yoshioka

State officials have released new information on the Matson spill that leaked 1400 tons of molasses into Honolulu harbor earlier this month.

A state inspector reported seeing molasses dripping from the same pipe last year. 

After receiving a letter from the Department of Transportation, the shipping company inspected the pipe, but did not find a leak.

As HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the continuing investigation has prompted concern, especially when it comes to accountability for damage to Hawaii’s reefs and fisheries.