Taipei, A group of environmentalists urged the government Wednesday to scrap a construction project being carried out by state- owned oil refiner CPC Corp., Taiwan in Taoyuan's coastal Datan area to save protected algal reefs near the site.
The company is set to sink caissons there by the end of July as part of its efforts to build a third liquefied natural gas terminal at the Guantang Industrial Park, which will impact the ecosystem where the algae grows, said Pan Chong-cheng a leader of the "Save Algae Reefs in Taiwan" movement, at a news conference held by opposition Kuomintang lawmaker Jason Hsu at the Legislative Yuan.
The location of the industrial park is an intertidal zone inhabited by many endangered species, including crustose coralline algae, according to Pan.
Hsu said CPC Corp. Taiwan must stop its construction project, citing an Academia Sinica report commissioned by the Council of Agriculture (COA) that shows the endangered crustose coralline algae -- probably the world's last ones -- is inhabited."
"In line with the Wildlife Conservation Act, the COA and the Ocean Affairs Council (OAC) should temporarily designate Datan as a natural landscape area, and demand that the company pull its operation out of the area," Hsu said.
Sung Hsin-chen , deputy director-general of the OAC's Ocean Conservation Administration, agreed to call a meeting with COA's Forest Bureau and Taoyuan authorities to address the controversial issue that the Democratic Progressive Party government has promised to deal with.
Tsai Ya-ying , a lawyer with Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association, said that giving Datan a temporary natural landscape status is an emergency measure to prevent the area from sustaining irreversible damage, and the government should at once start a review to grant it designated landscape status, she said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel