Court delays Lung Mei ap­pli­ca­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION / DIGEST -

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.

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