Piilani Partners appeals permit denial

Piilani Partners wants to develop this location near Wailoa State Recreation Area as an artesian water well and bottling facility. (Hawaii Tribune-herald/File photo)

HILO — An attorney representing a company appealing the county’s denial of a Special Management Area permit to drill for and bottle water in Hilo argued in court Tuesday the Windward Planning Commission’s decision was based on “speculation about things that could potentially happen.”