TMT Maunakea

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo has accused Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) opponents of disrupting a hearing over the telescope's permits in an attempt to get the case overturned on appeal, according to a Star Advertiser report.

According to the report, UH Hilo is accusing Mauna Kea Hui, an anti-TMT group, and their lawyer Richard Wurdeman of attacking the hearing officer's reputation and preventing a ruling on their application for a Conservation District Use permit for the telescope by delaying the proceedings.

Wurdeman, however, has denied these allegations.

Wurdeman had to remove himself from the case over a scheduling conflicts after Riki May Amano, the hearings officer, denied his request for a hearing delay.

UH Hilo's attorneys have cited Wurdeman's walking away as another one of his attempts to delay the hearing and create grounds for an appeal.

The university has also accused Wurdeman and his clients of harassing Amano by trying to have her disqualified.

UH Hilo, however, also filed for delays in the hearing which Amano denied.

According to the report, Kealoha Pisciotta from the Mauna Kea Hui has denounced UH Hilo's allegations. 

The hearing is set to begin on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2016.