A massive molasses spill at Honolulu Harbor that Hawaii News Now first reported on Monday is killing fish and the State has no way to clean up the sticky substance.
The culprit was a faulty pipe that discharged 233 thousand gallons of molasses, or 1400 tons from a 16-hundred ton load meant for a California-bound Matson container ship.
Unlike an oil spill, which can be cleaned by skimming the surface, the molasses quickly disperses to the deepest points. “It’s sucking up all the oxygen” explained Gulko. “There’s no oxygen at depth so the animals that need it can’t get it and are suffocating.”
The health department will continue to sample the water, and in the meantime, warns people to stay out near Keehi Lagoon.
Gill explained that “While molasses isn’t a pollutant that can harm people directly, it is killing the fish and that can cause an increase in sharks and barracuda and eels and that can be a harm to the public.”
Joy, our tipster, was not sure exactly how it killed the fish. And I’m not sure either. Does anyone have insight on that? It can clog up the gills as well.
Tip: Joy Harris