Grace Pacific lost its “grace” to wildlife & our environment

Posted on July 22, 2012


I am not an environmentalist, and I am not sure if it takes the knowledge or understanding of an environmental degree to have common sense to recognize a hazard.

Grace Pacific leaves a dozen of their large equipment to leach tar, oil, hydraulic fluids into the stream & Pouhala Marsh State Wildlife sanctuary area in Waipahu today, after a heavy down pour of rain inundated the soil, the stream and the watershed area with the runoff from the vehicles.

The stream and the Pouhala Marsh State Wildlife sanctuary area is home to the endangered ‘Alae ‘ula – Hawaiian Gallinule or Mud Hen, and they are nesting right along the area where Grace Pacific left their vehicles.

We called Grace Pacific, upon the recommendations of environmentalist Mr. Carroll Cox, to inquire why the vehicles were parked on the side of the stream and ask them to move the Tar & Paving vehicle/equipment.

According to one of the Grace Pacific workers who came to try to move some of the heavy equipment used to tar and pave roadways a little further away from the stream edge, he stated that the crew who left the equipment should have know this was not an appropriated area to leave the vehicles along side the stream bank. He also said Grace Pacific requires supervisors and workers to attend Hazardous & Environmental Classes that make them aware of such issues. And so he was not sure why the crews supervisor made this choice or why the vehicles would be left along the stream and Wildlife sanctuary area.

Pointing out the Mud Hens to the workers, the endangered birds are known as ‘Alae ‘ula – Hawaiian Gallinule, continued to feed and swim back and forth along the stream bed. Several Mud hens are currently nesting, during our visits to the stream, Mr. Carroll Cox found and identified one of the hens, dead on the stream bank the other week.

We also question why would the City approved such a permit to leave the equipment along the stream bank without any concern of the issues of potential threats to the stream, the wildlife & the sanctuary area.

The sky was starting to turn dark, and within moments of the Grace Pacific workers departing a large downpour of rain began to inundate their vehicles creating runoff and a rainbow of sheen from the hazardous fluids that could be seen ponding the soil, flooding the area and running down into the stream.