NGT panel approves auction of 2 lakhs MT of Meghalaya’s extracted coal

NorthEast Now | March 12, 2020

The 2 lakhs metric tons include 75,000 MT in East Jaiñtia Hills district, 50,000 MT each in West Khasi Hills and South Garo Hills districts, and 25,000 MT in South West Khasi Hills district

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) committee on Thursday has approved auctioning of 2 lakhs metric tons of extracted coal in Meghalaya.

The 2 lakhs metric tons include 75,000 MT in East Jaiñtia Hills district, 50,000 MT each in West Khasi Hills and South Garo Hills districts, and 25,000 MT in South West Khasi Hills district. Read more

In areas affected by mining, progress of projects sanctioned from DMFT funds is slow

The Indian Express | March 09, 2020

Activists say lack of planning during allocation of budget hindering benefits from reaching to the people in need.

In the past three years, only 38 per cent of the projects sanctioned from the funds with the district mineral foundation trust (DMFT) in various districts of Rajasthan have been completed while the others are still in progress, data from the state’s mines department reveals.

According to data furnished by the mines department in answer to questions asked in the Assembly, in the past three years, an amount of Rs 1,420 crore was allocated for 8,550 projects, of which only 3,325 projects have been completed while work is in progress for the rest 5,225 projects. Read more

Didn’t get notice to join consultations: Villagers

Hindustan Times | Feb 22, 2020

It wasn’t because they had nothing to say about the proposed increase of production from 45 million tonnes to 49 million tonnes.

Public consultations on expanding production at the Gevra opencast mine of Coal India Limited (CIL) in Chhattisgarh’s Korba district were given a miss by local residents and environmental groups.

It wasn’t because they had nothing to say about the proposed increase of production from 45 million tonnes to 49 million tonnes. The villagers and environmentalists, in fact, never saw the public notice seeking feedback from stakeholders who would be most affected by the project, activists working with the local community said. Read more

New Research Shows Mongolia Forced to Give Up Control Over Natural Resources

Mining Watch Canada | (Amsterdam, 19 February 2020)

Leaked documents show hijacking of Mongolian development agenda

New research by SOMO and OT Watch shows how one of the world’s largest copper mine, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia, was negotiated at the expense of the Mongolian people. Leaked documents expose how mining companies Rio Tinto and Turquoise Hill Resources, the US embassy, the IMF and the World Bank compelled the Mongolian government into offering generous corporate incentives that leave the country with debt, environmental damage and a loss of democratic control over their natural resources. Read more

PRESS RELEASE: New report names top British companies responsible for toxic mining legacies

London Mining Network | Feb 19, 2020

BHP and Rio Tinto have a long history of extracting minerals then pulling out, leaving devastation in their wake. Climate justice organisation London Mining Network reveals the extent of this in a new report.

London Mining Network has published a new report entitled ‘Cut and run: How Britain’s top two mining companies have wrecked ecosystems without being held to account’. The report includes examples from Southeast Asia of where the British-Australian multinationals BHP and Rio Tinto have left legacies of conflict and environmental destruction, long after they’ve fled the scene. Read more

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