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Court sets aside land allotment for Andhra power project

23 Jun

Hyderabad, June 23 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh High Court Thursday set aside a government order, allotting land to a thermal power project in Srikakulam district of north coastal Andhra [India].

Dealing with a petition filed by some environmentalists challenging the land allotment, the court set aside the order issued in 2008.

Under the order issued Sep 15, 2008, the state government had allotted 972 acres of land to Nagarjuna Construction Company, which proposed to develop a 2,640 MW plant at Sompeta at a cost of Rs.12,000 crore.

Local communities and the environmental groups have been opposing the project on the ground that it is coming up on a wetland. They argued that the project not only threatens the ecology but also endangers the livelihood of fishermen and farmers.

The National Environment Appellate Authority (NEAA) on July 14, 2010 had cancelled environmental clearance for the project on the ground that it was given in violation of norms.

The NEAA order had come a day after three protesters were killed in police firing on people protesting against the project at Sompeta.

Krishna Murthy, president of Paryavarana Parirakshana Sangham (PPS), which is spearheading the movement against the project, hailed the high court verdict and described it as ‘a victory of the people’.

©Indo-Asian News Service

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Farmers, environmentalists blockade coal seam gas pipeline in Australia

29 Mar


An environmental activist has been arrested at a human blockade protesting against the construction of a coal seam gas pipeline on Queensland’s Western Downs.

Friends of the Earth campaigner Drew Hutton was arrested at 2.20pm (AEST) on Tuesday at the Tara Estate, south of Chinchilla.

Police charged him under Section 804 of the Petroleum and Gas Act with obstruction of a petroleum authority holder, an offence that carries a potential $50,000 fine.

The section guarantees mining and gas companies access to private land.

The protest is part of a month-long campaign by local farmers and environmentalists to stop Queensland Gas Company building a 16km pipeline to take coal seam gas from five wells on the estate to the nearby Kenya gas processing plant.

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