Molasses Spill

Leaves Hawaii On Edge

What happened!

A company called Matson had a leaking pipe line that spewed over 233,000 gallons of Molasses into Honolulu bay. Killing many fish.

Facts

*About 233,000 gallons of the sludge leaked from a pipeline from the company Matson.


*There was a study done in Hawaii showing the coral reefs have about $360 million dollars a year of value to the local economy.


*Experts say it will probably get worse long before it gets better, as the bomb from the molasses moves west with the current.


*Coral reefs are a giant tourist attraction, which makes them essential to Hawaii’s tourism-based economy.


*Richmond hypothesizes that the molasses is drawing water from the interior cells of the fish, therefore destroying the cells.


What happened!

A thick orange slime is choking Honolulu Harbor, covering the bay with dead animals as it covers everything in its way. About 233,000 gallons of the sludge liquid leaked from a pipeline, forming a sticky bomb that killed thousands of fish in just a few days.



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