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    Former EPA endorses Cabinet relocation plan for Datan LNG terminal (2021/05/04)

    Controversy continues over a Cabinet plan to relocate the Datan liquefied natural gas terminal project. More environmentalists came forward to criticize the relocation plan on Tuesday, even as a former EPA official gave his endorsement. Announced on Monday, the plan involves pushing the project 455 meters away from its original location. Officials say this would prevent construction from harming a nearby algal reef.

    The Executive Yuan’s plan to relocate the Datan LNG terminal has won approval from some environmentalists, as well as a former EPA official.

    Chan Shun-kuei
    Former EPA official
    The relocation plan that the government proposed yesterday can indeed be conducive to denuclearization and lowering carbon emissions, while improving air quality and ecological conservation. There are a great many environmentalist groups, and each one has its own priorities. So there is never just one voice from environmentalists. At today’s press conference, we would like to express our support for the relocation project. Our support does not mean that there is division among environmentalists.

    Chuang Ping-chieh
    Environmental engineering professor
    I’ve been torn from the beginning, because there are good people on both sides. So why can’t they sit together to discuss the issue? That is to say, discuss the direction for Taiwan’s energy transition and how to protect the algal reef.

    The former EPA official had a message for the activist leading the campaign against the LNG terminal. He said he didn’t want the issue to become a zero-sum game. He also said he would vote in favor of the current terminal project, if the referendum were not withdrawn. In response, the Rescue Datan Algal Reefs Alliance released a statement saying that it respected but disagreed with the former official’s view. It said that moving the terminal back would still impact the marine wildlife, and that moving it out of Datan was the only real solution. It said the government had not released any information on the project’s environmental impact assessments, and it emphasized the lack of transparency.

    Chen Hsien-cheng
    Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association
    Since the people are going to be allowed to decide, you should compile all the alternative plans, including the relocation plans, and present their pros and cons. You should provide a detailed analysis, not just a simple chart.

    Even as dissenting voices rang out, President Tsai Ing-wen wrote on Facebook that the government had taken stock of all the views of all the parties at stake. She asked for public support for the new proposal, which was drafted after considering all the possibilities. Meanwhile Premier Su Tseng-chang called on the activists to compromise to create a win-win situation.

    Su Tseng-chang
    Premier
    This decision reflects our greatest sincerity, and of the greatest flexibility the power grid can afford. We look forward to our friends who insist on their relocation plan, to be more understanding, and to eventually support our new proposal, so that we can create a win-win situation.

    Wang Mei-hua
    Economics minister
    It’s indeed the case that our relocation plan will delay completion of the LNG terminal by more than two years, and come at additional costs. But I think the plan can make everyone feel the government’s earnestness in addressing all these critical issues.

    Wang said the new relocation plan would not require dredging, resolving concerns over the algal reef, while allowing Taiwan to meet its energy goals. Ahead of the referendum on the LNG terminal, officials are rushing to find ways to ease environmentalists’ fears.
    中文 Chinese  
    政院三接外推方案 詹順貴及部分環團高度肯定

    行政院三接外推方案出爐,降低對沿岸的影響,前環保副署長詹順貴以及部分環團,今天出面表示支持與肯定,詹順貴也向藻礁公投領銜人潘忠喊話,要有溝通空間,別堅持己見。

    行政院的三接外推455公尺方案出爐,前環保副署長詹順貴以及部分環團,高度肯定。

    [[前環保副署長 詹順貴]]
    “看到了昨天政府推出的這個外推方案,它確實能夠兼顧到非核,減碳,改善空汙跟生態保育面向,都可以獲得兼顧。環團有非常多,每一個環團都有他重視的議題,所以環團從來就不是只有一種聲音,那今天我們來開記者會,來表示支持政府的外推方案,也不代表環團是分裂”

    [[中興大學環境工程系教授 莊秉潔]]
    “其實我一直很為難,覺得兩邊都是好人,那為什麼沒有辦法坐下來談,就是說台灣能源的轉型方向是什麼樣,如何保護藻礁”

    詹順貴也向依然反對外推方案的公投領銜人潘忠政喊話,希望藻礁公投不會走到零和,如果藻礁公投不退,他會在公投中投下反對票。對此,潘忠政與藻礁公投推動聯盟發出聲明稿表示尊重,但指出外推方案,無法改變大潭海象不佳問題,重申將三接遷走,才是長久之計。並批評政府沒有提供相關生態影響評估資料,資訊並不公開。

    [[台灣蠻野心足生態協會理事長 陳憲政]]
    “既然你都已經要讓人民來做選擇,你就應該要把所有的方案,包括遷移的方案,它的利弊,你就要做一個詳細的一個分析,而不是只是一個簡單的圖表”

    雖然仍有環團不領情,但總統蔡英文在臉書PO文,強調是執政團隊聽取各方意見、考慮過各種可能性後,盡最大誠意所做出的決定,呼籲全民支持。行政院長蘇貞昌也希望,反對的團體能夠轉而支持,才能共創雙贏。

    [[行政院長 蘇貞昌]]
    “這也是我們最大的誠意,跟電力負荷最大的容忍了,我們很期待還有一些,要堅持非遷移不可的朋友,能夠多一點了解,能夠轉而支持,這樣才能共創雙贏”

    [[經濟部長 王美花]]
    “確實這樣的一個外推的方案,會讓我們的三接的完工,再慢兩年多,也會增加一些經費,不過他讓大家可以感受到政府的誠意,來解決各項的關切的問題”

    經濟部長王美花強調,三接外推後不需浚挖,將是兼顧藻礁及供電的解方。府院展現誠意,正面對決藻礁公投。
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