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Prof Anu Muhammad comes to London and will be speaking at a public meeting on: Corporate Plundering the Energy and Power Sector in Bangladesh

Date: 28 September Sunday 2014, Time: 5-8pm
Venue: Montefiore Centre, Hanbury Street, London E1 5HZ

Professor Anu Muhammad, an economist and key activist against corporate plundering in Bangladesh, will be visiting London in September 2014. During his visit a public meeting is scheduled on the above mentioned date. This is an opportunity to hear from Anu Mohammad. He has been fighting against open pit coal mine in Phulbari and Rampal coal based power plant for protecting world's largest mangrove forest Sudarban and playing a pioneering role to defend oil gas, natural resources, environment and ecology in Bangladesh.

Global Coal Management Resources Plc (GCM), an UK-based multinational company, wants to implement a massive open pit coal mine in Phulbari in the north-west of Bangladesh. If this project is
implemented, it will bring huge devastating impact on environment and society. The project will displace 200,000 people, destroy over 14,660 acres of fertile agricultural land, will obliterate water sources of 220,000 people and will lower ground water by 15-20 meter in the region. It will also damage social and ecological spheres, pollutants will contaminate water bodies, rivers and the entire lower riparian.Bangladesh will get 6% loyalty and 94% revenue will be taken by GCM! We demand total stop of this devastating project.

Bangladesh government is going ahead to set up a coal fired power plant very close vicinity of The Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. The 1320 MW Rampal coal fired power plant is an
India-Bangladesh joint venture. Sundarbans is under threat as Rampal power plant will emit huge carbon, toxic gases, smoke and ash which will have devastating environmental impact and may destroy
the forest as the project area lies only 10 KM away from the forest. Moreover, Government adding another power plant proposed by Bangladesh business group Orion closer to Sundarbans. We demand
immediate stop of harmful Rampal power project.

A devastating gas explosion occurred on 14 June 1997 while oil and gas company Occidental was drilling at Magurchara, northeast Moulvibazar district in Bangladesh. The explosion destroyed about 700 acres of reserved forest and 10 tea gardens, damaged environment, ecology and wildlife around. It is estimated that 250 billion cft gas was destroyed in this accident and its value stands nearly $2.5 billion,which must be realized from the responsible company.

Chevron Bangladesh is asking for tariff hike for offshore oil and gas exploration. ConcoPhillips, American multinational energy corporation also demanding offshore gas exploration contact with 80% of loyalty
and export facility.

These Bad deals and production share contract (PSC) are working against Bangladesh’s interest. Instead of fixing irregularities and corruption, the government is expanding the authority of local and foreign companies to control energy and power sector, causing more drainage of public money and vulnerability of the country. We can’t allow plundering and destruction of Bangladesh in such a way. We call for global support to stop the deleterious phulbari open pit coal mine project and Rampal power plant.

We need your support and solidarity to strengthen local and global fight against corporate plundering.

Committee to Protect Oil-Gas- Mineral Resources in Bangladesh, The UK Branch. Contact: Dr Akhter S Masroor, Member Secretary, UK Branch 07714288221.