Target: Wei Kuo-yen, Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration, Taiwan
Goal: Clean up the environmentally damaging oil leak from the wrecked cargo ship T.S. Taipei.
A Taiwanese cargo ship has been leaking fuel into the sea since it ran aground earlier this month, posing a serious environmental threat that needs to be cleaned up before it causes further damage. For 20 days so far, the T.S. Taipei has been gradually breaking apart and spilling fuel and containers into the water off the coast of Taiwan. Now, there is a possibility that both ends of the ship could capsize at any moment.
The Taiwanese government has made an incredibly slow recovery effort despite having weeks to respond to the incident. In a statement over the weekend, the Environmental Protection Agency claimed that stormy weather has hindered salvage operations and made it difficult to pump the oil out of the water. As a result, the shipwrecked vessel is being left to continue gradually breaking apart and leaking fuel. According to environmentalists, the spill will cause serious damage to the ecosystem that could last up to two or three years if the leak is not contained in a short amount of time.
Minister Wei Kuo-yen of Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration has reported that radar, unmanned aerial vehicles, and satellites are being used to monitor the disaster site, but a greater recovery effort is needed to avoid serious environmental damage. Sign the petition below to urge the administration to increase its efforts to clean up the fuel spill and to make the T.S. Taipei disaster a priority.
Dear Minister Wei Kuo-yen,
The T.S. Taipei cargo ship has been posing a major environmental threat since it ran aground. A massive cleanup effort is required to contain the oil spill before it causes further damage. The wrecked ship has been slowly breaking apart and spilling fuel and containers into the sea off the coast of Taiwan, and this oil spill will cause serious harm to the ecosystem that could last up to two or three years if it is not contained in a short amount of time.
Salvage operations and efforts to pump the oil out of the water have been delayed by heavy weather, meaning that the ship has been left to continue leaking fuel. Now, there is a possibility that both ends of the T.S. Taipei could capsize at any moment. A speedy recovery effort is essential now to clean up the damage, as this environmental disaster has already been left for so long.
I am urging you to increase efforts to clean up the fuel spill. Please take action to make the T.S. Taipei shipwreck an environmental priority, and make every effort to contain the oil leak before it causes even further damage.
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