Taixi and Mailiao Townships, Yunlin County, Taiwan
In the Taixi and Mailiao Townships, near the Sixth Naphtha Cracker of Formosa Plastics, many members of the community fish.
The native fishermen have seen changes in the ocean since the Naphtha Cracker began operating.
The community faces many problems because of the petrochemical site: from water deprivation and air pollution, to frequent accidents in the factories. Cancer rates in the community run high.
However the petrochemical industry has also brought about economic growth and residents don’t want to be labeled as living in a polluted area.