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2010 Jul 29 - EIA report on controversial coal plant flawed

EIA report on controversial coal plant flawed

KOTA KINABALU, July 29, 2010: The much awaited Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) study on an area earmarked for a coal power plant here is defective. Green Surf (Sabah Unite to Re-Power the Future) said the DEIA failed to make a comparative study of similar ecosystems.

The environmental group said if the government went ahead with its plan to build a coal power plant, Sabahís unique eco-system could vanish.

The Dent Peninsular where the coal plant will be sited is home to corals and four different types of sea grass that are only found in mud flats, said Green Surf in a statement.

The group highlighted this after carrying out an independent survey to verify the DEIA report for the proposed 300 megawatt power plant at Kampung Sinakut, Lahad Datu.

The mud flat waters at this area are presently clear, allowing for small reef patches to grow.

As mud flats cover a large area, collectively reefs and sea grass in this ecosystem are important for fish populations and nesting, Green Surf said.

WWF-Malaysia Borneo programme chief technical officer Rahimatsah Amat said in reporting low coral diversity for the area, comparisons were made to coral reefs in places like Tioman instead of another mud flat.

"Comparisons were made with coral ecosystems but not with similar habitats, and is therefore misleading," he said.

Rare species of corals

WWF-Malaysia is a member of Green Surf, a coalition that includes Sabah Environment Protection Association (Sepa), Land Empowerment Animals People (Leap), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and Partners of Community Organisations (Pacos).

Rahimatsah said the reportís finding that the current 16 per cent of coral coverage is considered high as it is a soft sediment seabed area, not commonly known for having reefs.

Green Surf further noted that divers and professional photographers who checked sampling sites mentioned in the report, also discovered corals they were unable to describe, and those not commonly seen at other dive locations.

"This could indicate that there are species that have yet to be discovered, making it an area of high priority for conservation, but this was not highlighted in the DEIA report.

"They also saw lobsters and a variety of fish in pristine waters which fall under the Coral Triangle and Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion," it said.

Green Surf also said at another site close to the proposed electricity plant, mangroves run into coral reefs, a rare gift of nature that could create eco-tourism spin offs for its outstanding scenery.

By Queville To (27/7/10)

SAPP Policies

SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

On Oil Royalty - SAPP is not giving up its struggle for more oil royalty payment for Sabah.

SAPP's Eight (8) Points Declaration - Whereas our mission is to establish a trustworthy govt and a progressive ...

SAPP's 14 point memo in 2006 - Time for Direct Preventive Actions

SAPP Constitution (booklet)

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RCI Report on Immigrants in Sabah
The Birth of Malaysia
Malaysia Agreement Article 1-11
The Original Agreement of Malaysia
Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution

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Sedition Act 1948
Continental Shelf Act 83 (1966)
Petroleum Development Act 144 (1974)
Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)


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