Environmental Law

Lai See

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

Saturday, 30 June, 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

Snub over runway impact studies

Green groups are refusing to work with the Airport Authority on the environmental impact process for the planned third runway unless it broadens the scope of studies.

The warnings came as the authority yesterday officially began the statutory impact assessment process by submitting a profile of the runway project to the Environmental Protection Department.

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

Still time to resolve carbon tax dispute

The European Union has the most comprehensive system of caps on greenhouse emissions of any major polluter. It makes sense to extend them to the aviation industry, a small but increasingly important contributor to global emissions.

16 Feb 2012 - 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

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

Projects up for scrutiny again

Three infrastructure projects put on hold due to legal controversy over the environmental assessment of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge can now resume their public consultation process following the government's victory in a judicial review.

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Bridge cost could rise by HK$6.5b

A Court of Appeal ruling yesterday cleared the way for the government to press ahead with work on the long-delayed HK$83 billion Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Toxic policy

The crescendo of negative public opinion focused on Hong Kong's most recent large infrastructure projects - the court case over the bridge to Macau and Zhuhai, and the ongoing public consultation on the proposed development of a third runway at the airport - is a warning signal that our environmental policymaking requires an urgent, wholesale overhaul.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Traffic, not bridge, 'cause of pollution'

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Ordinance is neither toothless nor the only legislative tool available to protect Hong Kong's environment, the Court of Appeal heard yesterday.

24 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Impact assessment in need of review

Striking a balance between the needs for development and environmental protection is not easy. In a city where development is synonymous with progress, conservation has always been a difficult course to champion, until a law was put in place to mandate all projects to undergo green impact studies 13 years ago.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Environment law that can't ease 'urban canyons'

The environmental impact assessment is not the magic bullet to solve the city's woes. At best, it helps keep things from getting worse.

Many people pin so much hope on the law, critics say, that they forget how limited it is in solving our deep-seated environmental problems.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Approval assured

Green activists like to joke that environmental impact assessments are 'invincible'. They are compiled, tabled, commented upon - but never rejected.

19 Jul 2011 - 12:00am