Illegal mining forces Raniganj residents to eat now and die tomorrow

Down To Earth | Sukanya Saha | April 26, 2019

Villages in Asansol-Raniganj coal belt, which go to polls on April 29, 2019, stand on precarious land that might collapse any day, but the government doesn’t care

Raniganj, a part of the Asansol Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal that goes to polls on April 29, 2019, is tightly caught in the clutches of illegal mining and has nobody to rescue them. Pollution, subsidence and poor resource management are pushing the area towards a dystopian future and yet no authority is bothered to help. Read more

Check all trucks in Meghalaya: NGT

The Telegraph | Andrew W. Lyngdoh in Shillong | April 26, 2019

The checks are to ascertain whether the vehicles are illegally transporting coal

A committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed that all trucks plying through Meghalaya will have to be checked to ascertain whether they are illegally transporting coal.

The direction was given at a meeting held here on Thursday where committee chairman Justice (retd) B.P. Katakey was present. He has held several meetings to review various aspects related to coal mining activities and allied issues. Read more

9 Trapped Meghalaya Miners’ Families Agree To Stop Ongoing Search Ops

NDTV | April 21, 2019

The miners were trapped after water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into the 370-feet deep mine in Lumthari village in the Ksan area on December 13 last year.

SHILLONG: Families of nine of the 16 miners trapped inside an illegal rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya since December, have given consent to the district adminitration to stop the ongoing search operations which entered its 130th day on Sunday, officials said.
The bodies of only two victims one from nearby Lumthari village and another from Assam, have been retrieved from the mine in East Jaintia Hills district early this year. Read more

Report: Going 100 percent renewable power means a lot of dirty mining

Salon | Naveen Sadasivam | April 21, 2019

A rush to meet demands could lead to more mining in countries with lax environmental and safety regulations

For more than a decade, indigenous communities in Alaska have been fighting to prevent the mining of copper and gold at Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and a crucial source of sustenance. The proposed mine, blocked under the Obama administration but inching forward under the Trump administration, has been billed by proponents as necessary to meet the growing demand for copper, which is used in wind turbines, batteries, and solar panels. Similar stories are playing out in Norway, where the Sámi community is fighting a copper mine, and in Papua New Guinea, where a company has been mining the seabed for gold and copper. Read more

Illegal coal mining slows amid strict vigil during Lok Sabha polls

Financial Express | Indronil Roychowdhury | April 19, 2019

Mine workers in Sardih, Salanpur, Khaskenda, Neokenda, Pandebswar, Harishpur and Haripur said illegal mining at present has come to a halt and the depots from where the illegal coal are despatched in dumpers have been shut down.

Illegal coal mining has slowed down in the belts of Eastern Coalfields (ECL), with seizures taking place all over India to curb illegal election fundings. ECL is one of the country’s hottest beds for illegal coal mining which take place despite strict vigilance of Coal India (CIL) and the Central Industrial Security Force ( CISF) . Read more

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