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India: Tribespeople protest against Vedanta's bid to expand its aluminium refinery in Orissa

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25 April 2009

Tribes stage mass protest against British mining company Vedanta [India]

Author: Survival International

Several hundred tribespeople today staged a protest against...Vedanta, as it bids...to expand its controversial aluminium refinery in Lanjigarh, Orissa...Today’s protest is just the latest in a string of demonstrations against Vedanta’s activities.

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Company response
20 August 2008

Vedanta response to Survival International media statement

Author: Vedanta Resources

Vedanta has, on several occasions, offered Survival the opportunity to discuss the project with us...Survival has so far not chosen to do so. The Lanjigarh bauxite mining project was thoroughly studied by the Central Government of India as well as the State Government of Orissa. All issues concerning this project were thoroughly reviewed by expert bodies appointed with the concurrence of the Supreme Court of India. There are no outstanding issues and the bauxite mining project has now been approved by the Supreme Court of India. Vedanta is pleased that the project has been approved and is committed to implementing it in accordance with the guidelines and safeguards laid down by the Supreme Court of India.

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