WWF Hong Kong yesterday criticised CLP Power for withholding the draft of an environmental impact assessment report despite having stated its preference over the site of a proposed liquefied natural gas receiving terminal. The green group, which opposed CLP Power's choice of South Soko Island, said the power company was 'deliberately biasing' public debate over the site. CLP Power announced its preference at a press conference on September 1, showing off its 2,500-page Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report on two potential sites - Soko and Black Point. But the firm has yet to hand the report to the government, saying it needs time to fine-tune its wording. 'This is a deliberate attempt by CLP Power to prejudice the decision-making process by stating its preference while controlling the information, which has violated fundamental principles of the EIA public-consultation process,' said Eric Bohm, chief executive of WWF Hong Kong. The group said it had written to CLP Power several times asking that the draft report be released, but was rejected each time. It said releasing more information would help the public judge the site selection by comparing the environmental pros and cons of both options. But a CLP Power spokeswoman yesterday rejected the criticism, saying the company would not reveal the report at this stage but that a public consultation would follow once it was submitted to the Environmental Protection Department. The WWF says the sea around the Soko Islands is an important habitat for the Chinese white dolphin and finless porpoise.