By: Cheng Che-fon, Milly Lin, Elizabeth Hsu and Kuo Chung-han
Kaohsiung, May 21 (CNA) The Kaohsiung City council on Thursday passed two regulations requiring companies with industrial pipelines under the roads of Kaohsiung to move their headquarters to the southern port city by the end of 2016 or risk losing access to the pipelines.
The city council passed “Rules on Existing Industrial Pipelines” and “Rules on Environmental Maintenance” with a majority vote.
The 66-seat city council is comprised of 33 councilors who are members of the Democratic Progressive Party, 24 who are from the ruling party Kuomintang, with the rest coming from other parties.
Besides moving their headquarters, the regulations stipulate that the 13 enterprises which own underground pipelines in the city need to submit a maintenance plan and pay pipeline maintenance inspection fees every year. [FULL STORY]