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January 14, 2015


Pitas Shrimp Park HAS an EIA!


On January 13, 2015, the Sabah Environment Protection Department denied the Sabah Environment Protection Association’s (SEPA) claim that the Pitas Shrimp Park Project has been allowed to continue without and Environment Impact Assessment (EIA).


Datuk Yabi Yangkat, the director of the Pitas project said that the claim made by Lanash Thanda, the president of SEPA, was not true.  He said that the Term of Reference (TOR) for the EIA Study of the Aquaculture Project was prepared by DHI Water and EDP Consulting Group (EDP), and was submitted to EPD on May 21, 2013.  It was approved on July 10, 2013.  The EIA report was submitted to EPD on April 29, 2014.


He said that the report was tabled and discussed in the EIA Review Panel meeting on June 5, 2014.


The panel consisted of relevant government departments/agencies such as Land and Survey Department, Sabah Fisheries Department, Sabah Forestry Department, Drainage and Irrigation Department, Pitas District Office, Pitas District Council, Sabah Biodiversity Centre and Town and Regional Planning Department as well as NGOs—including SEPA.


The Review Panel unanimously made a decision not to approve the EIA Report due to lack of some important facts and information.


Additional information was submitted to EPD on June 24, 2014 and the EPD found the issues and concerns by members of the EIA Review Panel had been satisfactorily explained and addressed.  The information given was sufficient and the proposed mitigation measures and monitoring program were updated and found to be appropriate, realistic and sufficient for EPD to formulate the Agreement of Environmental Conditions.


Hence, the EIA Report was approved on December 19, 2014!


Source: Borneo Post Online.  Department Denies SEOA’s Claim Against Shrimp Project.  Jenne Lajiun.  January 14, 2015.

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