Target: Shenhua Group
Goal: Stop releasing toxic water into the environment
An investigation conducted by Greenpeace found that the company Shenhua Group has been releasing toxic wastewater into the environment. The company has drained more than fifty million tons of groundwater from the Haolebaoji region for its coal processing, and the wastewater resulting from this process has been pumped into the hills of Inner Mongolia. Shenhua Group is one of China’s most powerful and state-owned coal companies.
The investigation was conducted with eleven trips to the affected region, where scientists measured the toxicity levels of the water and the surrounding areas. They found high levels of toxic compounds alongside carcinogens found in sediment samples.
“Shenhua claims its coal-to-liquid project has ‘low water consumption’ and ‘zero discharge.’ Our investigation proves these claims are false,” Greenpeace east Asia campaigner Deng Ping said. “Shenhua’s practices are violating Chinese water resource principles and laws controlling industrial waste water discharge.”
While the company spokesman claims that they will conduct their own investigation and ensure that everything meets environmental regulations, activists are not convinced that the company’s best interests concern the region. Shenhua Group has a production level of one million tons a year, and plans to expand to 5 million tons. By scaling up this project, the company would have to use forty million tons of water, leaving many to wonder where it will get this resource since the groundwater has been drained.
The results of toxins being released into the water and soil are devastating. Crops are likely to fail, animals and humans alike could be poisoned and develop cancer, and it could take years — perhaps decades — for the landscape to recover. Sign this petition and tell the company to stop polluting the environment.
Dear Shenhua Group,
Due to an investigation conducted by Greenpeace, it has come to my attention that toxic wastewater from your company has been pumped into the hills of Inner Mongolia. The investigation team found high levels of toxins both in the water and sediments along with carcinogen compounds in the soil. This news is even more distressing as you have drained a jaw dropping 50 million tons of water from underground reservoirs. Water is not an infinite resource, it is one that cannot be replaced or replicated and you have defiled it.
I implore you to fix your mistakes immediately. The toxins affect more than just the water and soil. They can prevent crops from growing, poison animals and humans alike, and cause cancer. Please keep the interest of the land in your thoughts; your company profits from it after all.
[Your Name Here]
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