Information is lacking on proposed undersea cable

The Public Utilities Commission held a meeting on Maui last month to hear what the public thinks about the grid-tie undersea electric cable between Maui and Oahu (The Maui News, Jan. 25).

As one of the approximately 100 people attending, I left feeling slightly frustrated. It seemed to be putting the cart before the horse to hold a meeting to gather public input when there are still so many unanswered questions about the viability, cost, environmental impact and advantages or disadvantages of the project.

While the feedback was mostly negative from the public sector and mostly positive from the government sector, I feel that if there was more information explaining the pros and cons of the project, we would all be in a better position to decide whether or not we support it. Many people expressed frustration, skepticism and concerns about our environment and the actual benefits to Maui. I believe that some of those issues could be resolved if we were better informed. I would prefer to make a decision based on fact rather than hearsay.

LuAnne Yapp