dulan drift wrote:However, as Pidek says, it was noticed by a lot of other people, especially the people who were living in the village next door to it, and a protest movement began with the aim of stopping it in the building stage. It was challenged on the grounds that it hadn’t done an obligatory environmental impact assessment for a building of that size. The case went to the high court which said, ‘no, you clearly haven’t done an environmental impact statement, building needs to stop, and you need to get one done’. The environmental impact statement was done and, not surprisingly, considering it’s a massive, polluting monstrosity right on a beautiful, public beach, they failed.
Was just re-reading the original post and noticed an error. I do do my best to get the facts straight, but sometimes a mixture of my inadequate Chinese, complicated legal matters, and occasionally a degree of over-exhuberance from some of the sources can lead to mistakes.
What actually happened was that once the court ruled that they needed to undergo an EIA, the Miramar Resort and Taidong Council cobbled together a panel of their own choosing to conduct the assessment, which, not surprisingly, they passed.
However, it was the validity of this panel that was challenged by the anti-Miramar Resort coalition in the Supreme Court, which, in turn, ruled in the landmark decision of Jan 2012, that it had been corruptly convened on the grounds that the committee was stacked with political cronies that were always going to support the hotel. Further, the ruling stipulated that in order to apply for a new EIA, they would need to first tear down the hotel and restore the land to its original condition. The Taidong Council has since declared the Supreme Court's ruling 'invalid' and are attempting to rush through another sham EIA. And that's where we stand today.