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Philippines: Earth Day protesters claim environmental health hazards of proposed coal power plant; includes comment by Conal Holdings

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27 April 2009

Gov’t asked to stop coal plant project [Philippines]

Author: Sun Star [Philippines]

…Catholic Church leaders asked the National Government…to stop the Alcantara Group-led…coal-fired power plant in Sarangani province. The request was made as part of the…Earth Day…protest actions to pressure the firm to abandon the project…"The coal power plant is…a threat to Sarangani, Gensan and Region 12 [Central Mindanao]…" the priest said, referring to the project's potential negative impact to the environment and the human health…Joseph C. Nocos, Conal Holdings vice president, said in many earlier occasions that their coal power plant project would not adversely affect the environment and the health of the local people, citing the availability of modern technologies…they will be using modern equipment to control pollutants…in compliance to domestic and international standards…[The company will] establish a "carbon sink," which would straddle 8,000 hectares of land planted to various fruit bearing trees, said Nocos...

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22 April 2009

Thousands join anti coal-plant protest on Earth Day [Philippines]

Author: The Mindano Examiner [Philippines]

Thousands of environmental rights activists turned Earth Day celebration into protest, denouncing the proposed use of coal-fired power plants in the southern Philippine town of Maasim…In a manifesto…the protesters expressed their strong opposition to the project and called on concerned government agencies and... Conal Holdings Corporation (CHC), to abandon the plan… It said: “…[the] Power Plant …will only enrich the business interest of the dominant local elite and that of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI), holder of the multibillion Tampakan Gold and Copper project ...." [refers to Conal Holdings relationships with the Alcantara Group, Alsons, and SMI]

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