Once again, linear projects to get forest clearance without consent of village gram sabhas

Environment and forest minister Veerappa Moily on Wednesday rolled back a major hurdle in the forest clearance process for projects like roads, transmission lines and pipelines that pass through villages and forest land, reintroduced in July 2013 by his predecessor Jayanthi Natarajan.

A committee under the ministry of environment and forests has given coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance to Indian Oil Corporation for setting up a 5-million-tonne LNG terminal at Ennore in Tamil Nadu.

The Expert Appraisal Committee, which met last month, said all the issues raised in the public hearing held in September were addressed by the PSU.

NTPC on Thursday said the power producer along with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd have set up a pilot plant for bio-fixation of carbon dioxide at Faridabad power station.

Mangroves stretching over several kilometres along the coast in the eastern suburb of Mahul have been destroyed due to an oil leak from a pipeline carrying furnace oil from the sea to a refinery in the area. The sprawling black sheet of oil has settled on the mudflats too, affecting the seedlings of mangroves.

Forest officials told The Hindu that the damage was serious and had happened over a period of time. “We did not know the source of the oil leak then, but we issued a preliminary report on October 17 pointing out that oil was continuously leaking in the area,” Sanjay Mali, divisional forest officer told The Hindu after inspecting the location on Thursday.

The fishermen from Mahul gaon, a quiet fishing village near Chembur, are a distressed lot.

As per the existing thermal power policy, the thermal power plants have to contribute six paise to the fund for every unit of power sold outside the state

In a bid to pull investment proposals from gas-based developers in power sector, the state energy department is planning to exempt them from contributing to the energy management fund meant for power sold outside the state.

To cut down the outflow of dollar and increase the rupee trade for purchase of more crude oil from Iran, the Finance Ministry has asked the Petroleum Ministry to take immediate steps to make the En

Contracts to be awarded in the next few months: Chairman

A host of contracts for the five million tonne per annum liquefied natural gas terminal proposed in Ennore are to be awarded over the next few months with Indian Oil Corporation, which is setting up the project, deciding to go ahead with the construction.

According to ONGC's proposal initially five exploratory wells will be drilled at the Kutch-Saurashtra offshore block
ONGC

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Ltd has got environment clearance (EC) for its Rs 580 crore project to drill seven exploratory wells in Kutch Saurashtra offshore block GK-OSN-2009/2 on west coast of Gujarat.

Most industries in Jharsuguda have failed in achieving the mandatory green cover of 33.33 per cent of their plant premises.

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