The Sanggunian Bayan of Narra failed to consider both the failure to comply government regulations and the environmental impact of the proposed cola fired power plant when it approved the project, according to the claims of the Palawan Alliance for Clean Energy (PACE).
Members of the environment group attended the committee hearing Thursday called by the Narra SB Committee on Rules after PACE wrote the body that it reconsider its endorsement of the project.
The Narra SB endorsed the proposed 15-megawatt coal-fired power plant to be put up by power and property giant DMCI.
Jansen Jontila of PACE said that SB failed to consider that the project has no Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Environmental Impact Assessment(EIA).
Jontila said that the two regulations will show the proposed project’s nature, effects, mitigating measures and alternatives.
However, committee member SB.Joel Bito-onon pointed out that during the public hearing conducted last April 24 in Brgy. San Isidro, the group was asked if it has proposed alternatives to the power problem of Palawan.
PACE said the government can utilize Hydro, biomass, diesel and solar.
Bito-on said that in Rio Tuba there is a coal fire power plant operating.
“Anong ginawa niyo sa Rio-tuba coal-fired power plant at bakit natuloy naman din ito?”he said.
Kathryn Leuch of PACE said that the plant in the area is for mining and not for power.
The committee asked the group to present during its hearing additional information to support its stand.
If it can convince the SB that it was wrong in its approving the project, they will order it to stop, the committee members said.
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