Friday, October 22, 2010

Campaigners welcome MoEf's halt to expansion of Vedanta plant

India's environment ministry has ordered Vedanta Resources to halt a sixfold expansion of an aluminium refinery in Orissa, eastern India, to "maintain the status quo" and undertake "no further construction activity". It is another blow for the company, which in August was denied permission to mine bauxite on local tribal land. "Vedanta is learning the hard way that it cannot ride roughshod over tribal peoples forever," said Stephen Corry, director of Survival International, a leading member of the international campaign against Vedanta's plans in Orissa. "Other companies should learn from Vedanta's mistakes: before investing time and money in a project, a company must gain the consent of local tribal communities."

See BBC story on this

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