Palm oil spill was close to HK waters: activist

The environmental group Green Sense has accused the government of using deliberately vague terms to mislead the public about the location of the palm oil spill that has dumped hundreds of tonnes of semi-solid oil around Hong Kong’s shoreline. Authorities reported earlier this month that a thousand tonnes of semi-solid palm oil spilled into the sea following a ship collision in the Pearl River Estuary. But Roy Tam from Green Sense said this gives the wrong impression that the spill took place far away, when in fact the spill was just four kilometres away from local waters. He criticised mainland authorities for taking two days to inform officials here about the delay despite the proximity to Hong Kong waters.