Environmental Impact Assessment

Environmental watchdog needs to rebuild trust

Environmental watchdog needs to rebuild trust

When I attended my first meeting as a member of the Advisory Council on the Environment, I asked how the body could be more transparent so the public could better understand how it scrutinises environmental impact assessment reports.

Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 2:46am

Eco-friendly ideas for Lung Mei

We need to find out how it is possible that despite rigorous due process we are to develop an artificial beach on top of ecologically valuable mud flats along the Ting Kok coast.

The Hong Kong Civil Servants General Union urged the government to carry out the development of an artificial beach in Lung Mei, located along Tolo Harbour, as quickly as possible ("Activists decry support for beach at Lung Mei", November 8).

13 Nov 2012 - 2:15am 1 comment

Does new position turn the poacher into a gamekeeper?

Mike Kilburn

A few eyebrows have been raised at Mike Kilburn's decision to change jobs. It's not so much because he is leaving the think tank Civic Exchange, where he was head of environmental strategy for four years, but because he has joined the Airport Authority. There have been murmurings about this being a case of "poacher turned gamekeeper".

27 Sep 2012 - 3:25am

Lai See

Ching Ming won't be the same in Sha Lo Tung if firm has its way

Sha Lo Tung Development Company (SLTDC) has had an early success with the approval process for its plan to build a columbarium in the ecologically sensitive area of Sha Lo Tung near the Pat Sin Leng Country Park just north of Tai Po.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Land swap option in plan for niches

The landowner and developer of a proposed columbarium in ecologically sensitive Sha Lo Tung says it would consider a land swap if the government offered one amid strong public opposition to the plans.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Air quality will make or break airport's hopes for third runway

If the Airport Authority thought getting environmental approvals for its proposed third runway was going to be a breeze, it must have had a rude shock when its project profile was knocked back by the Environmental Protection Department.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Officials demand facts on runway

The government is pressing the Airport Authority for more information and data on the ecological effects of its proposed multibillion-dollar third runway.

It is understood that the formal request for information by the Environmental Protection Department covers air pollution, marine life and aircraft noise.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Public input welcome, as long as it favours Airport Authority's plans

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Environment chief's dual role makes it very difficult to criticise government

The Environmental Protection Department's press release of April 26, announcing the air quality figures for the Pearl River Delta in 2011, was, as usual, relentlessly upbeat.

It said: 'Overall, the average annual concentration levels of most pollutants had decreased, reflecting continuous improvement of regional air quality.'

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Airport board thumbs nose at international best practice

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

When one side's interest is the only one that counts

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Delta bridge can go ahead as legal challenge ends

The legal challenge to construction of a bridge across the Pearl River estuary to Macau and Zhuhai is over.

Yesterday's deadline for the plaintiff, 66-year-old Tung Chung resident Chu Yee-wah, to take the case to the city's top court passed without her lawyers receiving any instruction to do so.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Court ruling on bridge plan can further the green cause

Unlike court verdicts that decide the winner and loser of the case, the Court of Appeal's ruling on the planned bridge to Zhuhai and Macau offers the possibility of both sides winning.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Activists step up battle against WWF

Environmental activists have warned again that they may mount a campaign against a leading conservation group if it continues to co-operate with billionaire Li Ka-shing in a development project on wetland at Yuen Long.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Courts have duty to monitor projects

The government's approach to assessing the environmental impact of major infrastructure projects has survived a legal challenge. The Court of Appeal last week overturned a lower court's decision against the government concerning the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am