Tag: Myanmar

Myanmar Villagers Stand United Against Coal Plant

After a 10 hour overnight drive from Yangon, we finally arrive in Andin Village. It is starting to rain, turning the red dirt roads into mud, but we can't miss the large "No Coal" sign in Burmese, English, and Mon. Last May, the now empty football field hosted the latest in a series of protests against a proposed 1,280 MW coal-fired power plant from a Thailand-based Japanese company, Toyo-Thai Corporation (TTCL). The proposal also includes a massive new deep sea port to bring in coal from Indonesia and Australia to fuel the boilers. Nearly every house in the village has a "No Coal" sticker in the three languages-distributed as part of a survey of local opinions about the project. Out of 1300 households, we are told only one refused to place a sticker on their home. The rest display their opposition on their homes, cars and motorbikes.

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CoalWire 66, 5th December 2014

This week the German Government has announced coal plants will be required to close, Greenpeace have released a major report on pollution from coal mines in South Kalimantan in Indonesia, a Turkish administrative court has rejected environmental assessment reports for a proposed US$2 billion coal power station and the largest Norwegian pension fund manager has announced it is dropping its investments in 27 coal company stocks.

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