Say No to the Soko's LNG Terminal
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This is an objection to the proposed Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal under Application No. EIA-256/2018 by CLP Power Hong Kong Limited (CLP) on the following grounds:
According to CLP, the EIA study is to provide information on (1) the nature and extent of environmental impacts arising from the construction and operation of the project; (2) the overall acceptability of any adverse environmental consequences of the project; (3) mitigation against adverse environmental consequences wherever practicable; in order to ensure (4) residual impacts are acceptable after the proposed mitigation measures are implemented. CLP has failed to do this.
CLP does not accept the LNG Terminal is located on the migration route of Green Turtles, Whale Sharks and Birds, so no risk assessment has been conducted and no mitigation measures have been proposed to mitigate the risks posed to migrating species during the Operation Phase of the LNG Terminal.
CLP does not accept the devastating impact lighting on offshore platforms can have on migratory birds, despite there being an abundance of literature on the subject, so no risk assessment has been conducted and no mitigation measures for preventing bird mortalities from the effects of lighting have been proposed.
Despite the fact thousands of migratory birds were incinerated by a Gas Flare at the Canaport LNG Terminal in 2013 and in the EIA Study, CLP recognize the potential impact from flaring by the FSRU vessel at the LNG Terminal will result in bird mortalities, such deaths are considered by CLP to be acceptable, so no risk assessment has been conducted and no mitigation measures have been proposed to protect migrating birds from Gas Flares during the Operation Phase of the LNG Terminal.
To operate the FSRU vessel, CLP intend to extract, then discharge 6 billion gallons of Chlorine laced cooled water a year through a screening system, which on intake will kill plankton, juvenile fish and fish eggs and on discharge will adversely impact the immediate marine environment, but unacceptable impacts are not expected, so no risk assessment has been conducted and no mitigation measures have been proposed to minimize the impacts of this operation.
To build the LNG Terminal, Finless Porpoises will be displaced and are expected to relocate to broader southern Lantau waters, which will include placing them directly into the path of visiting LNG Tankers, yet no risk assessment has been conducted and no mitigation measures have been proposed to minimize the impacts of this relocation.
In summary, the EIA Report has proposed no mitigation measures to protect migrating Green Turtles, Whale Sharks and Birds, it does not assess the impact of relocating Finless Porpoises into the path of LNG Tankers or prevent the killing of untold plankton and fish in a screening system, or make proposals to counter the discharge of 6 billion gallons of Chlorine laced, cooled water a year into the marine environment.
The adverse environmental consequences of this project are not acceptable, the fact no mitigation measures have been proposed to mitigate against significant adverse environmental consequences is not acceptable and as a consequence, the residual impacts of the project are not acceptable.
Because of the cavalier approach taken by CLP in this study, the EIA Report is ‘not-fit-for-purpose’ and it calls into question whether CLP are ‘fit-and-proper-persons’ to be allowed to implement and operate this project. As such, the EIA Report should be rejected and no permissions should be given for the project to proceed.
Project: Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal (Application No: EIA-256/2018)
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