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Activists demand end to mining project
Say environmental impact analysis of two firms is flawed and inaccurateActivists were welcomed at local parliament office
- Fransiskus P. Seran, Atambua
- February 14, 2012
The activists, who have formed an alliance called the Coalition of Belu People Fighting against Mining, told the lawmakers that the environmental impact analysis conducted by both companies ā CV Alam Jaya and PT JAPS Group -- in and around the village of Rafae was flawed and in some instances plainly inaccurate.
The environmental impact analysis is fundamentally flawed and underestimates the impact the effect the exploration work has had on villagers, the coalitionās coordinator, Divine Word Father Pieter Dile Bataona, told the legislators.
āThe exploration work is seriously affecting villagersā health since it is being conducted very close to where the villagers are living,ā said Sister Angela Salome from the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters.
The nun, who is also in charge of the nearby Marianum Catholic Hospital in Halilulik, called on the lawmakers to review the activities of the mining companies Ā in order to protect the villagers.
Responding the coalitionās demands, the head of the legislative body, Simon Guido Seran, pledged to discuss their concerns with other lawmakers.
āWe will form a special committee to monitor this issue,ā he said.
Villagers remove mining equipment
Priest slams mining āirresponsibilityā