To Environment Caring Friends,
The government and the Airport Authority
are now having a consultation on Hong Kong International
Airport Master Plan 2030. Two options are proposed in the
paper, 1) maintain the existing two-runway system with further
enhancements; 2) build a third runway. The sales pitch for
the proposal is the economic net present value (ENPV), estimated
to be more than HK$400 billion for option 1 and HK$900 billion
for option 2.
An oversight within the proposal is the
costs to the environment, public health and society. How
do you think it is possible to support or object to such
a future-changing infrastructure project when evaluation
of the environmental and public health impacts are left
The reason for the consultation is to disclose
the cost effectiveness of the project to an informed public.
Incomplete data disrespects the public’s right to know and
distorts the process of a fair consultation.
Eight green groups, being Friends of the
Earth(HK), GreenSense, The Conservancy Association, Green
Power, Clean Air Network, Greeners-Action, Hong Kong Dolphin
Conservation Society and Greenpeace, have issued a joint
statement to demand the following:
1. Acknowledgement that the environmental
impact of a third runway is huge and cannot be overlooked;
2. Provide additional information relating to the environmental
and public health impacts, and extend the consultation period;
3. Maintain neutrality when promoting and consulting the
public on the proposal. Avoid over-emphasizing the economic
impact/benefits of the third runway;
4. Handle environmental issues properly even before the
mandatory Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.
The consultation period will come to an
end on Sept 2. Please visit the following website to send
your opinion letter to the Airport Authority to express
your concern over the project’s environmental impact and
request an extended consultation period.
All opinion letters will be individually
sent to the Airport Authority.
Thank you for your kind
of the Earth (HK)