Status of Permit Applications: Keep the North Shore Country addressed the endangered bat aspects of the project in a contested case at the DLNR, with hearings held August 7 and 8, 2017. On November 1, 2017, the DLNR’s contested case hearing officer Yvonne Y. Izu, Esq. recommended the Board of Land and Natural Resources deny the Na Pua Makani Wind Farm’s application for an incidental take license Hearing Officer Recommends Board Deny License. Without fixing the fatal flaws such as rejecting the wind farm’s proposed habitat mitigation and requiring the wind farm to shut down to avoid bat take, the Board of Land and Natural Resources approved the wind farm’s permit on May 15, 2018. Keep the North Shore Country is appealing this decision in the State court system – the case would be resolved some time in 2020 or 2021.
September 11, 2019, Life of the Land (Henry Curtis, who always prevails) filed a motion for relief to void the unlawful Na Pua Makani Power Purchase Agreement (Link to Motion Filed).
The City and County of Honolulu We hope the State Health Department and EPA will step in to ensure the wind farm is required to shut down at night to avoid unlawful loud noise in residential areas or to move to a location where it will meet state nuisance noise law. Shutdown at night to protect the endangered bats will also keep the turbines quiet for the Kahuku residents sleep. Link to details: Nighttime Noise Not Legal
Please Help Prevent the Na Pua Makani Wind Farm: Please support Keep the North Shore Country’s State litigation. Please donate to Keep the North Shore Country. Tax deductible donations can be made online at https://www.keepthenorthshorecountry.org; personal checks can be mailed to:
Keep the North Shore Country
66-250 Kamehameha Hwy, Suite D103
Haleiwa, HI 96712
A second, related, fundraising effort, supporting the Life of the Land and other grassroots efforts to prevent this wind farm has also been established: Additional Fundraiser Link