Hawaii's Massive Molasses Spill Could End a Sweet Export Trade

A dead fish washed ashore in Keehi Lagoon after a massive molasses spill from a Matson cargo ship in Honolulu Photograph by Hugh Gentry/Corbis

The spill of 233,000 gallons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor could halt one of the last sugar export routes from Hawaii to the mainland. A leak in a pipeline owned by Matson, the state’s largest cargo shipper, led to the deaths of more than 26,000 fish and other marine animals (pdf) since its discovery on Sept. 9.

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