RESPONSIBILITY

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June 4, 2018

Our Responsibility

W. M. Keck Observatory takes its responsibility for good stewardship of Maunakea very seriously. That’s why we are deeply committed to full transparency for our staff and our community as we work to understand how, why, and to what extent a small amount of oil has been seeping from our hydraulic system onto the pier that supports the Keck I telescope at our Maunakea facility.

We confirmed the presence of what we assume is hydraulic oil in the cinder directly beneath the telescope on June 4, 2018, and immediately reported it to the Hawaii Department of Health. We are cooperating fully with all appropriate authorities, including the Department of Health, the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Office of Maunakea Management. And we have launched our own investigation, which will be overseen by independent environmental consultants Masa Fujioka and Associates.

We will post updates to this page as our investigation proceeds and our response plan is formulated. We are ready to answer any questions you may have, so please contact Mari-Ela Chock at mchock@keck.hawaii.edu.


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Facility drawing with details of Keck I pier design.

Close-up of pier wall with drywall removed. White absorbent pads to capture any seeping oil are visible at the bottom of the frame.

Pier wall with drywall removed. White absorbent pads and blue absorbent mats to capture any seeping oil are visible at the bottom of the frame.