Majority of Cadiznons ‘oppose coal-fired plant’-A A +A
Thursday, September 27, 2012
CADIZNON Kontra Coal (CKC) said majority of the people of Cadiz are opposing the coal fired power plant in the city.
CKC is also questioning the Office of the Environment Management Board of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) who conducted a scoping or public hearing for the proposed coal fired power plant in Barangay Banquerohan, Cadiz City.
In a press statement, the group said that last September 13, the proponents of coal-fired power plant together with the representatives from DENR were at the proposed site to meet with the local residents.
"It was not clear though if it was a public hearing because, after that meeting, we were told that it was only a scoping," the CKC said.
The group added that the coal terminal was inaugurated without the knowledge of the local residents.
"How were they able to get the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) when the people were never consulted? We are expressing our strong opposition to this coal fired power plant to be constructed in our beloved city. They might not submit their application for an ECC for such coal plant but we are informing the public that majority of the people in Cadiz City is not in favor of the project," CKC added in its press statement.
"The LGU (local government unit) has not been transparent with their intention and that the city officials are doing a short cut in the standard procedure for the project. We believe that such coal project will affect the health and the environment in the city," CKC added.
To rise at the port zone area in Barangay Banquerohan, Cadiz is a 100-megawatt power plant that will be composed of a 23-megawatt diesel field power plant and an 83 megawatt coal fired power plant, according to Mayor Patrick Escalante.
The interested company is Philippine Power Corporation, a conglomeration of Filipino and Chinese investors.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 27, 2012.