GCM’s open pit mining will affect environment, speakers tell roundtable
Speakers at a roundtable in Bangladesh strongly opposed plans for open pit mining by London-listed GCM Resources at the Phulbari coal deposit, saying it would cause serious environmental damage and displace over 100,000 people. They demanded withdrawal of a recent home ministry circular directing the local administration to help GCM’s local subsidiary, Asia Energy, which will conduct a survey at the coal deposit.
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Phulbari people protest move to conduct surveys
National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports has urged the government to ban open pit mining by December 31, and stop the Rampal power plant project to protect the Sundarbans
Govt to help Asia Energy in Phulbari
The government has asked the local authorities to cooperate with Asia Energy Corporation during its survey activities at Phulbari Coal Field in Dinajpur under a mega project for coal exploration and mining.
Govt agencies asked to extend coop to GCM
The authorities concerned have taken steps to give security to staff and properties of the London-based Global Coal Management (GCM) Resources Plc in the country.