The Straits Times
Published on Oct 25, 2012

Planned chemical plant sparks protest in China


SHANGHAI (AFP) - An eastern Chinese city on Thursday defended a planned chemical plant after hundreds of residents demonstrated against the project, the latest in a series of environmental protests in China.

Some 200 residents of Ningbo city living near the future site of the 55.9 billion yuan (S$10.9 billion) project blocked traffic on Monday before dispersing, the local government and state media said.

Residents are concerned about the potential impact on health from the plant, which will refine oil and produce ethylene, as well as the eviction of thousands to make way for it, media reports said.

In response, officials from Ningbo's Zhenhai district, where the plant will be located, pledged to listen to citizens but warned it would punish people for upsetting social stability.