Environmentalists have urged the government to extend the consultation period for CLP Power's liquefied petroleum gas receiving terminal project, with one of them describing a month of public discussions on a complicated project as 'ridiculous'. The environmentalists hope the period can be lengthened by two to three months at least, although the official deadline for submitting views on the project is January 25. The 3,500-page environmental impact assessment report on the project was released in late December for public comment for 30 days, as required by the environmental impact assessment ordinance. Many green groups, including WWF Hong Kong, have said they have yet to complete reading the report. Permanent Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Anissa Wong Sean-yee will study the report and refer to the public views before deciding if she is satisfied. But it is uncertain if she will exercise her discretionary power to extend the consultation under the law. The calls for an extension come as a poll by students from four universities showed 63 per cent of respondents had never obtained any information about the project while 23 per cent said they had learned about it but did not fully understand it. The poll, in which more than 2,000 people were interviewed earlier this month, found 52 per cent objected to the project, with a majority saying this was due to environmental concerns. Thirty-five per cent said they were 'neutral'. Ho Loy, who runs the free sheet Lantau Post, said the government and CLP Power had the responsibility to explain to the public clearly about the proposal to build the terminal on South Soko island or at Black Point. The electricity supplier has said it favours the island, as the work would be quicker to complete. 'How can you expect a resident like me to read it [the report] every day after returning home from work? I might take weeks to understand it and digest the content and data, with another week or so for writing a submission. It is completely ridiculous,' Ms Ho said. Robert Bunker, chairman of the Living Islands Movement based on Lantau, supports extending the consultation period, saying the government should appoint an independent party to assess claims by CLP Power over the need for a terminal in Hong Kong.