29th Jan 2012, 02:29
The HK government's plan to build the world's largest Waste Incinerator on Shek Wu Chau just off the coast of Lantau needs to be stopped.
This incinerator will spew toxic fumes and ash over Hong Kong, (its planned to use outdated technology), it will cost 13 billion HK$ in tax payer money (vs 3 billion if it was built at Black Rock Power Station, which could at least use the thermal energy to produce electricity instead of just burning the waste), its construction will damage marine habitats and it will forever spoil the landscape off the Lantau coast ...
PLEASE sign the petition, tell your friends via email or facebook to sign it as well.
Online Petition: Petition No to Shek Kwu Chau incinerator (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-to-shek-kwu-chau-incinerator/)
further reading and information: Super-Incinerator | Living Islands Movement (http://livingislands.org.hk/web/category/campaigns/super-incinerator/)
29th Jan 2012, 04:43
A bit behind the drag curve old bean:
SCMP 17 Feb 2011 (http://citizenmap.scmp.com/reports/view/194)
By Ada Lee and Cheung Chi-fai
Residents on the south side of Lantau and outlying islands warn that the planned incinerator on Shek Kwu Chau could pollute their area. They also ridicule the government's promise of a "clean" incinerator.
Andy Ng Kam-ming and his wife moved to Pui O village from Discovery Bay two months ago to get away from the fireworks smoke from Disneyland.
"It's just following us," he said. "When Disneyland was built and we were living in Discovery Bay, they said the fireworks would not have any impact on us. But that wasn't true - we could smell the smoke."
He is sceptical about the government's promise of an environmentally friendly incinerator. "We can now only hope the public and the media monitor how the incinerator would operate," he said.
Louise Preston, a member of Living Islands Movement and a resident of Cheung Sha village, is worried about the incinerator destroying the beautiful scenery.
"[The incinerator] will be an absolute eyesore," she said. "There're very few places in Hong Kong with such natural beauty, and it's crazy to destroy it."
She did not understand why the incinerator had to be built at Shek Kwu Chau, where infrastructure for trash management was scarce, unlike the other proposed site in Tuen Mun. Preston also doubted the incinerator would be environmentally friendly, saying: "If it's clean, why don't they build it next to the Legco?"
Ho Siu-leung, 31, lives on Cheung Chau and regularly goes camping and fishing on Pui O beach.
He is now worried that construction waste from building the incinerator will pollute the sea, and the smoke from the incinerator affect air quality in the area.
"Air in many places in Hong Kong is not clean anymore. It would be a pity if the air here is polluted as well," he said.
Islands district councillor Lee Kwai-chun, based in Cheung Chau, said there was a chance transportation of rubbish to the incinerator would pollute the sea and was worried winds from the southwest in the summer would carry pollutants to the island.
She dismissed the notion that the incinerator would benefit tourism in Cheung Chau, as suggested by the government. "Tourists may actually turn away from Cheung Chau," she said.
But the Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers - which is sponsored by the government and runs a drug rehabilitation centre on Shek Kwu Chau - said they would keep an open mind on the issue.
"In general, SARDA does not object to any project of good intention that benefits Hong Kong community," it said.
Maybe a better way to approach this is to write to the government with a solution to the landfill sites reaching capacity that is making them see incineration as a viable alternative. ;)
Shek Wu Chau (pop .. not a lot) v Tuen Mun (pop 500,000+). No brainer really.
Don't worry, the prevailing winds will take the fumes away (a light southerly or south westerly should do the trick).
1. Employment opportunities for the crews of barges leaving every 20 minutes in both directions chugging past DB, Lantau South and Chung Chau.
2. The extra lorries required to take the rubbish to the barges.
3. East Asia helis will save fuel by riding the 'thermal hill' created and then autorotating into Macau/Shun Tak. I could go on... ;)
A very selfish attitude to protest against this project.
[... or you can always leave :ok:]
29th Jan 2012, 05:14
i think you need to inform yourself a bit better ...
look up the disadvantages of grid type incinerator. (dioxins, toxic ash)
(there are better, modern options)
explain why an extra 10 billion HK$ should be spent to create maybe 100 minimum wage jobs on barges and trucks, which further pollute the environment.
explain why waste incineration should be employed in the first place if no proper reduce, reuse, recycle waste management program is in place
explain why - if incineration is required - it should not at least be used to use the thermal energy for either electricity generation or (another proposed option) firing of cement kilns, which would otherwise be fired with fossil fuel)
explain why a pristine tourism destination should be spoiled with a unsightly industrial facility (as if Lamma Power Station wasn't bad enough)
so there is a bit more to it than "not in my backyard" ....
29th Jan 2012, 05:17
I agree with you Freightdog, but there is no way (like the 3rd runway) that HK Gov't or Business isn't gonna do what it wants to. Regardless of public consensus.
29th Jan 2012, 05:51
Oh come on! Only a few dolphins/pipe fish (http://www.greenpower.org.hk/html/eng/index.shtml)/rare snakes (http://www.hkoutdoors.com/hong-kong/hk-forests.html?page=5)will suffer!
10 billion divided by 100 ..... (just taking my shoes and socks off).
Don't forget the extra employment laying (dragging) the undersea cables...
Make perfect sense. :ok: Shek Wu Chau (a quirky island (http://www.hkoutdoors.com/outlying-islands/shek-kwu-chau-is-a-quirky-island.html)) it is! ;)
30th Jan 2012, 04:51
Air in many places in Hong Kong is not clean anymore. It would be a pity if the air here is polluted as well," he said.
Please tell me this guy is taking the pi55 :confused: There is NO clean air in Hong Kong, NONE, period.
However it does sound like this will make it worse in that area. but don't worry, it'll be like the shutters on the power station stacks, they will be turned on every single time.......that an inspector from the gov turns up " unannounced "