CPC Corp. offers LNG-receiving terminal explanations, assurances

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CPC Corp. offers LNG-receiving terminal explanations, assurances

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) State-run fuel supplier CPC Corp., Taiwan on Monday offered explanations and assurances to the public after being allowed to go ahead with building a third liquefied natural gas (LNG)-receiving terminal in Taoyuan's Guantang Industrial Park despite a backlash from environmental groups.

CPC assured the public that the dual goals of environmental protection and economic development regarding the passing of an environmental review have been met.

The explanations and assurances offered by CPC include that the terminal will provide a stable power supply and reduce air pollution, and that it will adopt a plan to preserve the coastal environment and reduce the impact on the surrounding ecology.

A Guantang Industrial Park ecological conservation executive committee will be established to lead ecological conservation reviews of the area, while the LNG terminal will create jobs and bring prosperity to the area.

The construction was allowed after an environmental impact assessment committee meeting passed a review earlier in the day.

Seven members of the environmental impact assessment committee reviewing the project who attended a meeting called by the Environmental Protection Administration earlier in the day voted in favor of the plan, while two members cast invalid ballots.

The energy project is strongly opposed by local environmentalists who have argued for the conservation of an endemic species of crustose coralline algae on coastal reefs at the planned construction site.

(By Tsai Peng-min and William Yen)

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