Emergency measures were taken on 17 July to contain the leak. The EPA also helped the Environmental Protection Bureau of Penghu County with on-site investigation and sampling. If it is found that the potential to harm human health, agricultural and fish production or drinking water sources has occurred, CPC will be obligated to take necessary remediation measures. Moreover, if pollutant concentrations exceed soil or groundwater pollution control standards, the sites will be announced as pollution sites and CPC will be penalized pursuant to regulations.
Penalties will be issued to CPC based on the Water Pollution Control Act or the Soil and Groundwater Pollution Remediation Act, depending on whether the pollution is confirmed to have affected surface water bodies, soil or groundwater. In addition, for not reporting to the local authority within three hours of the leakage incident, CPC violated Article 28 Paragraph 1 of the Water Pollution Control Act. Thus, the company is now subject to additional fines ranging from NT$10,000 – NT$6,000,000 as per Article 51 Paragraph 2 of the Act.
The Environmental Protection Bureau of Penghu County previously conducted underwater sampling in two wells at CPC's oil depot on 10 July, and ongoing investigation results will be revealed in August.
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)