Down To Earth is a magazine published by Delhi’s well-reputed Centre for Science and Environment (and not to be confused with UK-based LMN member group Down to Earth, which works on Indonesia).
The magazine has just presented an in-depth report on the multiple impacts of mining and burning coal (especially from mercury poisoning) on those living within the Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh.
Existing threats are about to be severely compounded by a major expansion of coal mining into the Mahan project area.¬† This will strike specifically at tribal communities, whose rights are supposedly upheld under India’s constitution. The Mahan mining project is a joint venture between Essar Energy (60% ) and Indian state aluminium company, Hindalco (40%).
Although Essar Energy (part of India’s huge Essar conglomerate) has its corporate office in Mauritius, it is in fact a British company with its premium listing on the London Stock Exchange.