LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- Residents of Sual town are opposing the proposed construction of a 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the municipality, saying it could further damage the environment.
The power plant is proposed to be constructed by the Trans Asia Oil and Energy Development Corporation, but former vice mayor Alex Rigonan said Sual already has a 1,218-megawatt coal-fired power plant operated by Team Energy.
"We also have to think of the future generations as far as the putting up of the second coal-fired power plant in Sual is concerned," Rigonan said, stressing Sual is already polluted.
"It is the people of Sual who will suffer for generations and not this present crop of officials. We are going to tap the help of the Church leaders on this because the cause that we are fighting for is for everybody," he added.
The power plant was reported to be put up in
Baquioen, only a few kilometers away from Barangay Pangascasan where the Sual coal-fired power plant is located.
Rigonan brushed aside claims that public hearing was already conducted on the proposed project and the people of Sual agreed with the construction.
"They are claiming that there was already public hearing held but to me, that is not enough since most of the people of Sual do not accept another power plant in the town," he said. (PNA)