Another month, another NIMBY protest in China.
Following the similar protests in Shifang and Qidong earlier this year, people in the coastal city of Ningbo have taken to the streets to urge the local authorities to call off a controversial project that may impact the environment.
Protesters object to the proposed capacity expansion by Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Company, which is a subsidiary of Sinopec, one of China’s largest state-owned oil companies.
As in the case of Shifang and Qidong, mass protests by urban residents with photos splashed all over social media seem to spur local governments into action. The People’s Daily reports that the local authorities in Ningbo will soon hold a forum to discuss the project with concerned citizens.