Court delays Lung Mei application
The High Court has adjourned the decision on whether to green-light a judicial review application to halt the construction of a 200-meter long artificial beach in Lung Mei near Tai Po. The lawyer for the applicant, Ho Loy, argued that the Environmental Protection Department approved a permit for the project in 2010 based on an inaccurate environmental impact assessment report in 2008. The lawyer said the report did not take into consideration the project’s impact on ecologically valuable marine species such as kuda seahorses. The government argued that kuda seahorses can be relocated to other sites and that Lung Mei is not the prime or only breeding area for the controversial seahorses.