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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, February 5, 2019
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Coal hearing postponed
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

 

The committee hearing on the proposed ordinance to disallow the exploration, establishment and operation of any coal-fired power plant in Negros Occidental has been reset to February 13.

Board Member Manuel Frederick Ko, chairperson of the SP committee on Energy, yesterday said he postponed the continued committee hearing this week to next week, due to unavailability of the representatives of the Department of Energy and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

San Miguel Corp. Global Power is planning to install a 300-megawatt CFB (circulating fluidized bed) coal-fired power plant in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

The four dioceses of Negros have issued a joint statement opposing the establishment of any coal-fired power plant in Negros, in support also of the stand of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, and environmentalist groups.

Ko earlier said they may set a timeline for the completion of their deliberations on the proposed ordinance, after hearing the side of those opposing the establishment of a coal-fired power plant.

Marañon had endorsed the proposed ordinance to the SP that calls for disallowing the exploration, establishment, and operation of any coal-fired power plant in Negros Occidental.*

 

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