"We operate the pipeline and it is our transfer operation," Cox said. "Matson is taking responsibility and we'll continue to fully cooperate with the state on this response. We'll be here as long as it takes to get it right."
Cox announced that Matson immediately ceased its molasses operations following the incident and will not resume operations until the company is assured that it can do it in a safe and responsible manner.
"Our goal always is to conduct cargo loading operations safely and in an environmentally responsible manner," he said.
He added that his pipeline operations team is already working on a report that will provide him with information needed to determine the future of Matson's molasses cargo business.
"If it is determined that the system cannot be operated safely or in an environmentally responsible manner, and that repairing and replacing the system would be impractical, we will discontinue our molasses operations," he said.
Cox said the report would be provided to the
At the news briefing, Cox also acknowledged the agencies that have lead the response, including the
He also acknowledged his own company's response team, which has been working together with the agencies since the incident occurred last week.
"The Matson response team will continue to be a critical part of the response. I'm proud of their efforts. They are fully cooperating with the state and will continue to cooperate as the response moves forward," he said.
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