Say No to the Soko's LNG Terminal

We ask you to join WWF-Hong Kong and deplore the approval of a CLP and HK Electric plan to go ahead with a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification platform off the Soko Islands, south of Lantau. The construction of the facility would inevitably impact the surrounding waters, affecting the Chinese white dolphin, finless porpoise and other vital fisheries resources.

Hong Kong’s largest outlying Island Lantau and surrounding waters have been the focus of relentless development with multiple large infrastructure projects, such as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the Three Runway System and faces more in the future with the Lantau Tomorrow Vision reclamation proposal. The cumulative effects of development have put enormous pressure on cetaceans and we need stronger protection measures for the population to stabilise and then recover.

Chronic exposure to noise and boats has raised the risk of ship strikes. Five dolphins have died of multiple fractures in February and in May a mother-to-be finless porpoise and fetus were washed up on Cheung Sha beach. In the first half of 2018 there have been 29 strandings, up from 26 in 2017. We need urgent measures to expand the number of marine protected areas (MPAs) covering 10% of local waters by 2020 and 30% by 2030, with limits on development near any designated MPAs. We do not need to embark on a questionable LNG terminal 100 meters from the boundary of the proposed South Lantau Marine Protected Area.

Please help WWF protect local marine mammals and fisheries and join our campaign to expand our marine protected areas.

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