HONOLULU — US Senator Brian Schatz said more than just a pipe failed when 1,400 tons of molasses spilled into Honolulu Harbor last week, killing thousands of fish.
Schatz said it is clear lawmakers have to look at how the system run by shipping company Matson Navigation Co. is regulated by federal and state officials.
‘‘I don’t think there’s any doubt that that’s one of the things that we’re going to have to take a look at,’’ Schatz said when asked about Matson’s lack of a spill plan and oversight of the underground pipes connected to Hawaii’s waters.
Some 233,000 gallons of molasses spilled from a leaky pipe Sept. 9 as the sugary substance was moved from storage tanks to ships sailing to California. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.