Divers investigate damage of August's molasses spill

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:35:24 AM HST   Updated On: Oct 09 2013 01:24:29 PM HST

State officials with the Department of Land and Natural Resources are still investigating the impact of last month's Matson molasses spill in the waters off Honolulu Harbor.

Wednesday marks one month since a quarter-million gallons of molasses spilled into Honolulu Harbor making it one of the worst-ever marine environmental disaster in state history.

Divers will entered the waters again Wednesday to get samples of coral, invertebrates and mud off the bottom of the ocean floor at Keehi Lagoon and Honolulu Harbor. They're looking to see what sort of long-term impact the spill has had on marine life.

The state said Wednesday that it has transitioned from an initial response to a monitoring and assessment phase. The Department of Land and Natural Resources said the government shutdown is not slowing down its investigation.

Matson said it still doesn't know when its initial internal report will be released. A company spokesperson wouldn't say Wednesday how much molasses remains in the pipe or what Matson plans to do with it.

Aerial photos of molasses spill

Click here to see aerial photos of the molasses spill.


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