Voices & Viewpoints
|◆Our preliminary investigation shows that the issue is merely a problem of design.
◆What the local environmental protection authority has found could be a problem that may occur in the future, not something Dongxing has already done.
◆The company is aware of the media reports and has been conducting an investigation into the faulty refinery.
◆"Over the years we have managed to keep the pollution problem under control," said Lü, adding that this incident represented an isolated case.
|Lü Dapeng, a Sinopec
|◆As one of the leading State-owned enterprises, Sinopec has grown so powerful and influential that even provincial governments may find it hard to challenge it.
◆Sometimes the local environmental protection authorities give out fines of just 10,000 yuan ($1,586) to 20,000 yuan to the refineries, just to show they have done the required work.
◆Enterprises like Sinopec wouldn't be bothered by that kind of fine. The end result is that the refineries will keep pouring polluted water down into the river.
◆The government needs to increase the severity of penalties and show determination in regard to environmental protection.
|Ma Jun, a prominent environmentalist. Photo: dahe.cn