Date
30 May 2017
China has seen another protest against a petrochemicals venture as people worry about the environmental and health risks. Photo: Bloomberg
China has seen another protest against a petrochemicals venture as people worry about the environmental and health risks. Photo: Bloomberg

Longkou halts studies on petrochem park project after protests

Authorities in Longkou city in China’s Shandong province have halted studies on a petrochemical industrial park project following protests from locals worried about the potential health and environment risks from the venture.

“Based on the opinions reflected by the populace, the plans for the environmental study have… ceased,” Reuters quoted the local government as saying in a statement Wednesday.

The Longkou industrial park project is said to be a joint venture between Singapore’s Jurong International Holdings and Longkou-based Nanshan Group Co. 

The environmental feasibility study for the project was halted after hundreds of people staged a protest, holding banners with messages such as “This is still our home” and “Protect the environment”.

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of paraxylene and polyester, which are vital ingredients for the country’s textile and plastics industry.

But plants producing such petrochemicals have frequently faced demonstrations prompted by fears they could harm the environment and health of nearby residents, Reuters noted.

Last June, thousands of people protested in Jinshan, about 60 kilometers from China’s commercial hub of Shanghai, against plans to build a chemical plant in the district.

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