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Who’s afraid of auctioning coal?

Centre continues to allocate coal blocks despite calls for competitive bidding

Ministry indifferent to illegal mining

Shows cold response to recommendations on curbing illegal mining of iron, manganese

THE UNION Ministry of Mines has responded coldly to the recommendations of the M B Shah Commission on curbing illegal mining of iron and manganese ores. In its response, filed in December last year, the ministry also seemed at loggerheads with the state mining departments over their suggestion to ban export of the minerals to check illegal mining. The commission was set up by the Centre in November 2010 to look into the growing illegal mining of the minerals and suggest remedial measures.

Mining Impacts

Coal mining is destroying our forests: Greenpeace

A new Greenpeace India campaign is gearing up to take on the Indian coal industry, coal ministry and even the Prime Minister. The environmental action group is determined to create awareness about how coal mining in Central India destroys forests, forest dependent communities, endangered tigers and other wildlife.

How coal mining is trashing tigerland

Even as the environment ministry continues to come under pressure to fast track coal mining in forest areas, this analysis by Greenpeace shows how coal mining threatens over 1.1 million hectares of forest in 13 coalfields alone in Central India.

Vedanta’s persective uncovered: Policies cannot mask practices in Orissa

In this new report Amnesty International draws attention to Vedanta's continuing failure to recognise rights of the communities affected by the company's operations in Orissa & recommends suspension of projects until human rights abuses faced by communities are addressed.

It Is time to clean up coal extraction

Today coal mining causes ecosystem damage, soil erosion, dust and air pollution from surface activities, landscape disruption from surface mining, interruption of streams and aquifers with impacts on water availability, acidified water, subsidence and land instability from underground mining, and emissions of methane and other greenhouse gases.

Mining In-Court

Supreme Court order dated 27-02-2012 (SLP (C) No. 19628-19629 of 2009 on illegal mining

Supreme Court has ruled that States and Union Territories can now grant leases for mining minor minerals in less than 5 hectares or renew them only after prior approval from the MoEF.

Order of the Supreme Court of India dated 29/04/2011 on the Petition for Special Leave to Appeal (Civil) No. 7366-7367/2010 between Govt of A.P. Ver M/S Obulapuram Mining Co on mining in Karnataka

Order of the Supreme Court of India dated 29/04/2011 on the Petition for Special Leave to Appeal (Civil) No. 7366-7367/2010 between Govt of A.P. Versus M/S Obulapuram Mining Co. P. Ltd & ORS on mining in Karnataka.

NEAA order on cement plant and captive limestone mine by Lafarge India at Dist. Mandi, HP

Following an inspection of the site and discussions with various stakeholders, including local people, State government and pollution control officials, the NEAA quashed the clearance of the integrated cement plant and captive limestone mine promoted by M/s. Lafarge India Pvt. Ltd., at Village Alsindi, Tehsil Karsog, District Mandi, HP.

Order on environmental clearance to Lanjigarh bauxite mining project of Orissa Mining Corporation

The recent order by National Environment Appellate Authority on granting environmental clearance to Lanjigarh bauxite mining project of Orissa Mining Corporation in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts of Orissa.

Orissa High Court Judgement on grant of prospecting licence to POSCO India for Kandadhar Mines, July 14, 2010

This recent Orissa High Court verdict in response to writ petition has struck down the state government proposal to grant prospecting licence to POSCO-India for Kandadhar iron ore mines in Sundargarh district, Orissa.

Inside India

Dont mine us out of existence: bauxite mine and refinery devastate lives in India

This new report by Amnesty International documents how an alumina refinery operated by a subsidiary of Britain-based Vedanta Resources in Orissa is causing air and water pollution, that threatens the health of local people and their access to water.


The state of India's environment: the sixth citizens' report - rich lands poor people: is 'sustainable' mining possible?

This book is an attempt to document all the complexities of mining. While, it is true that mining is essential, it is not a simple 'dig and sell' proposition for a country like India. Its challenges are immense.

Corporate accountability and sustainable development

This volume is part of the series Ecological Economics and Human Well-being that offers outstanding recent work in the transdisciplinary field of ecological economics, whose focus is the study of the relationship between economic activity and environmental sustainability.