A controversial land reclamation project in Dapeng Peninsula has been scaled back by 8.7 hectares, or 22 percent, according to an environmental impact report released by the city's planning and land resources commission.
The land reclamation is part of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project that some residents fear will have an adverse impact on the local environment.
The land will be used for a gas storage facility and a wharf for LNG vessels.
Oil giant China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) announced earlier this year a plan to reclaim 39.7 hectares of land along the coastline of the peninsula for its LNG emergency station project, which aims to supply natural gas to Hong Kong and Guangdong Province, according to a release by the Guangzhou-based South China Sea branch of the State Oceanic Administration.
The plan has drawn protests from the residents in Dapeng New Area as reclaiming the land will impact the environment. The program also risked gas leaks or spills, which could affect local water life.
The environmental impact report shows the proposed land reclamation as reduced to 31 hectares. The investor needs to pay 6.95 million yuan (US$1.12 million) because of the predicted impact on the environment.
Many residents, however, believe the amount of money is far too little when compared with the damage the project will likely have on the local ecosystem.