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GREEN SURF PRESS RELEASE

KOTA KINABALU (26th Nov 2010): Green SURF (Sabah Unite to Re-Power the Future) is shocked and disappointed that a revised Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) study will be resubmitted for a proposed coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu.

The coalition said although the Department of Environment (DOE) rejected the study in August, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has in its 2010 annual report stated that a “revised DEIA report will be resubmitted for review and approval” for the 300 megawatt plant.

The utility company had in one-paragraph stated that a DEIA study was submitted on May 26 to the DOE, followed by a sentence that it would be resubmitted, without making any mention of the rejection.

Green SURF representative Wong Tack, pointed out that the project has been rejected before and relocated twice, wasting time, money and effort on debating a dirty energy source.

“Sabah should be leveraging on its position as a biodiversity hub to attract investments for green power. Instead, we are wasting time on this proposed coal plant.

“There is commitment among the international community to support forest, wildlife and marine conservation work in Sabah  and here we are talking about building a coal plant between the rainforest of Tabin and the Coral Triangle.

“Building a coal plant in Sabah , and especially next to the Coral Triangle, does not just break the hearts of locals, but also the world,” he said in a statement issued by Green SURF today.

The coalition sent a reminder that early this month Sabah hosted an international conference on forests and climate change, where the issue of carbon trading was raised as an alternative to logging in earning revenue, conserving key wildlife habitats in the process.

“It doesn’t make sense that we are trying to attract investments in carbon trading if we are going to have a coal plant at an eco sensitive area. We don’t deserve international support for conservation or investments for carbon trading if this is the case,” Wong said.

Green SURF is a coalition of NGOs comprising the Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) of which Wong is president, Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP), WWF Malaysia, Partners of Community Organisations (PACOS) and the Malaysian Nature Society (Sabah branch).

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Press Release

KOTA KINABALU (25th October 2010): A coalition of non-governmental organisations here wants the Government to take a stand on the status of a proposed coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu.

The request from Green SURF (Sabah Unite to Re-Power the Future) comes two months after the federal Department of Environment (DOE) rejected the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment report for the 300 megawatt project.

Green SURF’s Mr Wong Tack said the coalition was still waiting for a decision on whether the project will continue.

“We would like to know the stand of the authorities, in particular the Sabah Government. Green SURF wrote to the Sabah Government over three weeks ago, but we have yet to get feedback.

“We hope the State Government will take a stand based on the importance of the east coast of Sabah as a marine habitat. A huge amount is now being invested for activities in these areas, including through the national Budget for 2011,” he said in a statement issued by Green SURF.

Wong said there was too much anxiety at present over the proposed plant, especially among members of the public who have been in touch with the coalition.

“The public is asking for the State to focus on developing energy from renewable and green sources,” Wong said.

He said the power shortage problem in Sabah was still serious, and that too much time has been wasted on plans for a controversial coal plant, which has seen proposed sites shifting three times.

Wong said a recent speech made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the need to make a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy as a way to create a firm foundation for a greener economy was in line with calls made by Green SURF.

Wong said the Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan, and a dedicated statutory body called the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA Malaysia), must swing into work quickly.

He said the construction of a 300 megawatt Combined-Cycle Gas Power Plant in Kimanis as announced in the recent Budget must be expedited to increase electricity generation to meet rising demand.

The Budget also listed pioneer status and investment tax allowance for the generation of electricity from renewable sources and energy efficiency activities to be extended until Dec 31, 2015 and the implementation of a feed in tariff mechanism under the Renewable Energy Act to allow electricity generated by individuals and independent providers to be sold to electricity utility companies.

“This is not the time to just talk, but to do something. We are glad that better feed in tariffs are being considered for implementation. Such initiatives are needed for investors to take up renewable energy projects.

“The Government has to make it attractive for the private sector to play a role in developing green energy,” Wong said.

Green SURF comprises the Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) of which Wong is president, Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP), WWF-Malaysia, Partners of Community Organisations (PACOS) and the Malaysian Nature Society (Sabah branch).

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300MW Coal-Fired Power Plant, Kg Sinakut, Lahad Datu

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Green SURF

KOTA KINABALU (26th July 2010): Mud flats at Dent peninsula, the area earmarked for a coal power plant, is home to corals and four different types of sea grass, making it a unique ecosystem.

Though it is muddy at the seabed level, waters at this area are 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 (Sabah Unite to Re-Power the Future) decided to raise this point for public knowledge after carrying out its own survey to verify the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) report for the proposed 300 megawatt power plant at Kampung Sinakut, Lahad Datu.

Types of corals and species which depend on them at a mud flat off Kampung Sinakut in Lahad Datu. Photographs were taken at sampling sites mentioned in the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA).

In a statement, Green SURF said the DEIA did not compare corals within a mud flat to a similar ecosystem.

WWF-Malaysia Borneo Programme chief technical officer Dr 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 are made with coral ecosystems, not to similar habitats, and therefore misleading,” he said.

A fish at the mud flat off Kampung Sinakut in Lahad Datu.

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 report’s finding that there was 16 per cent of coral coverage is considered high as it is a soft sediment seabed area, not commonly known for having reefs.

Divers and professional photographers who checked sampling sites mentioned in the report, also discovered corals that 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 by the DEIA report.

They also saw lobsters and a variety of fish at pristine waters which fall under the Coral Triangle and Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion.

A lobster at the mud flat off Kampung Sinakut in Lahad Datu.

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

Comments on Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIA) for the 300MW Coal-Fired Power Plant in Sinakut, Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Komen tentang Kajian Terperinci Kesan Alam Sekitar bagi Loji Penjana Pembakaran Batu Arang 300 MV di Sinakut, Lahad Datu Sabah.

Key points for public comments:
Isu kepada komen umum.

1. One of the objectives for the DEIA is to improve on the environmental design of the project. However, the public or technical people are unable to assess the environmental design as it is not outlined/described and it is therefore difficult to know the efficiency of the plant. For instance, the DEIA does not specify the type of plant parts used. To assess the plant, we need to know types of parts used for the coal plant as the type used will determine efficiency of the plant in the waste generated.

Salah satu objektif bagi DEIA adalah memperbaiki perancangan alam sekitar bagi projek tersebut. Walaubagaimanapun, orang ramai dan pakar pakar gagal mengkaji perancangan alam sekitar tersebut disebabkan ia tidak diperincikan dan dijelaskan dan oleh itu amat sukar untuk melihat keberkesanannya. DEIA tidak menjelaskan jenis peralatan yang akan digunakan. Untuk meneliti loji tersebut, perlu diketahui jenis dan peralatan yang akan digunakan di loji penjana batu arang kerana ia akan memberi gambaran akan keberkesanan penjanaan loji tesebut dan sisa yang dihasilkan.

2. The potential mitigation measures mentioned in the DEIA are shallow and general. One of the objectives of the DEIA is to facilitate informed decision making. However, the DEIA report does not allow for this as there is a lack of basic design details, poor data on the marine environment, and assumptions of sufficiency based on no data are unacceptable at this level of review and assessment.

Kaedah pengawasan dan pengawalan yang dinyatakan dalam DEIA adalah lemah dan tidak terperinci. Salah satu tujuan kajian DEIA dijalankan adalah untuk memberi maklumat kepada pembuat keputusan. Walau bagaimanapun, tida dinyatakan laporan DEIA disebabkan kekurangan dalam pelan rangka, maklumat data mengenai kehidupan laut dan tanggapan bahawa kajian telah cukup dilaksanakan..

3. Compensatory mitigation for impact on marine environment, loss of income, health impact, greenhouse gases and others are completely overlooked.

Penyelesaian pampasan kesan akan alam sekitar, kehilangan sumber pendapatan, kesan kesihatan, gas rumah hijau dan lain lain yang diabaikan.

4. Earthquake risk: It is inaccurate to say that the site is safe from earthquake tremors. The whole Dent peninsula is within the 40-100 kilometre range of earthquake tremors generated onshore and offshore. In April 2008, an earthquake at the Celebes Sea caused tremors in the Tungku area, near the proposed site. This resulted in cracks on several buildings including SMK Tungku and Hospital Tungku. A New Sunday Times article on 20th May 2007 quoted Sabah Mineral and Geoscience Department director Alexander Yan as saying Sabah has experienced 78 quakes in the last century.

Risiko Gempa Bumi: Ia adalah salah menyatakan bahawa lokasi cadangan adalah bebas dari risiko gempa bumi. Seluruh Semenanjung Dent berada dalam jarak 40-100 km dari kawan aktif gempa bumi. Pada April 2008, gempa bumi di lautan Celebes Sea menyebabkan gegaran berlaku di daerah Tungku yang berdekatan dengan lokasi penjana elektrik arang batu.

5. Sampling done for the DEIA do not cover a wide enough range of sites to give a full understanding of the site and its surroundings. In short, sampling site chosen are not good enough to represent the area. In assessing the marine area, only two days were taken for sampling and why certain sites were chosen were not indicated. A habitat map showing sand, mud/silt, seagrass, rocks, corals and areas of high benthic diversity should have been done. Comparisons are made with far away locations and coral ecosystems instead of similar habitats. This is misleading.

Pengambilan sample oleh DEIA tidak merangkumi satu kawasan yang luas yang dapat memberikan satu gambaran yang luas mengenai kawasan tersebut. Secara ringkas, sampel yang diperolehi tidak memadai. Hanya dua hari diperuntukan dalam pengumpulan sampel dan terdapat ada sampel bagi kawasan yang penting.

6. There is no mention that Darvel Bay is home to resident and migratory marine animals like turtles, whale sharks, dolphins, dugongs and others.

Tidak disentuh akan Teluk Daevel adalah kawasan manusia dan haiwan laut seperti penyu, ikan yu, lumba-lumba, dugongs dan lain.

7. Fish species used in the report as indicators are not representative of species found at the site. The species list should have been modified to cover locally common, unique or commercially important species.

Spesis ikan yang tertulis dalam laporan pada hakikat tidak wujud di kawasan lokasi. Senarai hidupan laut perlu diubahsuai supaya ia merangkumi haiwan laut yang umum, unik dan banyak.

8. There will be a large impact on larvae fish according to the study, but that there will be no impact on adult fish. It is misleading for the DEIA to state that there is no impact on adult fish as larvae wont have a chance to grow. Marine zones like seagrass, mudflats and mangroves are spawning areas for fish and crustaceans. Impact on fish larvae will effect fish populations over a wider area.

Kajian menyatakan bahawa akan ada kesan kepada larva ikan tetapi tidak menyatakan akan kesan kepada ikan yang matang. DEIA telah membuat petunjuk yang salah apabila menyatakan tidak akan ada kesan kepada ikan matang di kawasan di mana ikan larva tidak mempunyai peluang untuk hidup. Kawasan laut yang mempunyai rumpai laut, dataran lumpur dan paya bakau adalah kawasan pembiakan kepada ikan dan udang.

9. In its list of mammal species, the report stated two mammals that are not present in Sabah. The two are wild pig (Sus scrofa) and Dusky langur (Semnopithecus obscurus). In its list of bird species, the White rumped shama is not present in Sabah.

Senarai haiwan mammal dalam laporan sememangnya tidak wujud di kawasan lokasi. Dua haiwan babi liar (Sus Scrofa) dan Dusky Lngor. Senarai burung liar seperti White Rumped Shama) tidak terdapat di kawasan lokasi.

10. There is a lack of assessment and interpretation of results on phytoplankton. The report calculates Boyd’s Biodiversity index for phytoplankton and shows it to have a value approaching that of pristine waters, but this is not indicated.

Terdapat kelemahan dalam membuat penilaian dan interpretasi tentang kehidupan plankton. Laporan memberikan index pengiraan Boyd’s bagi menunjukkan kepentingannya dalam laut tetapi tidak diterangkan dengan lebih teliti.

11. The socio-economic study is doubtful. It states that the community in Kampung Sinakut are squatters, which cannot be the case for a traditional village with a village headman. The DEIA also states that “Orang Sungai” are of Indonesian descent. This clearly shows ignorance on the part of those doing the study.

Kajian sosio-ekonomi adalah amat kurang yakin. Laporan menerangkan bahawa kebanyakan penduduk Kg Sinakut adalah penduduk haram dan tidak boleh dikira sebagai penduduk tradisional. Laporan DEIA juga menjelaskan bahawa “orang sungai” berasal dari kawasan Indonesia. Ini menunjukkan kejahilan dalam membuat kajian.

12. A baseline study shows that acid rain is already present at the site with a pH of 4.66. There is a need to further study why acid rain is happening in the area. It is also wrong to compare agriculture and forested Dent peninsula with Petaling Jaya which is industrialised and urbanized.

Kajian menunjukan akan kewujudan hujan asid pada PH 4.66. Oleh itu, kajian yang lebih terperinci adalah perlu untuk mengenal pasti punca dan sebab. Adalah salah dalam membuat pembandingan industri penanaman di hutan semenanjung Dent dengan kawasan industri seperti di Petaling Jaya.

13. Climate change as a major impact is not mentioned. The scope of the DEIA should include measures to minimise/mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from the proposed project.

Perubahan cuaca sebagai satu kesan utama tidak diterangkan. Laporan DEIA sepatutnya memastikan langkah pengawalan dan penyelesaian kepada masalah gas rumah hijau dari loji tersebut.

14. Despite repeated newspaper articles that mention clean coal technology will be used, there is no mention of it in the DEIA. This is a cause of grave concern.

Laporan DEIA tidak menerangkan teknologi bersih batu arang walaupun ia telah banyak kali dinyatakan di media cetak surat khabar. Ini menimbulkan rasa bimbang.

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SAMPLE LETTER
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To:
The Department of Environment, Malaysia.

Comments on the Detailed Environmental Impact Assessment for the 300 MW coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Komen ke atas Laporan Terperinci Kesan Alam Sekitar bagi loji penjana batu arang 300 MV di Lahad Datu, Sabah.

Having read the DEIA report that was put up at some public places, I have a number of concerns on the overall project. There are glaring technical issues:-
• the existing physical environment has been wrongly represented by the consultants, thereby misleading the public;
• the full adverse impacts from the plant has not been discussed analytically,
• identification of species that do not exist in Sabah have been listed, and
• that potential mitigation measures are shallow and too general.

Setelah membaca laporan DEIA yang telah dipaparkan kepada tatapan umum, terdapat beberapa perkara yang perlu di ambil perhatian ke atas projek ini. Terdapat beberapa isu yang ketara
• terdapat perbezaan yang ketara berbanding yang tertulis di laporan dan yang sebenarnya di kawasan lapangan oleh pakar runding, oleh itu ia memberi gambaran yang palsu.
• Kesan penuh ke atas alam sekitar tidak dibincangankan secara terperinci.
• Jenis spesis haiwan yang tertulis dalam laporan sebenarnya tidak wujud di sabah, dan
• Kaedah pencegahan yang terlalu ringkas dan rambang.

This does not allow me to assess the real situation. In short, the whole study is faulty and should be dismissed.

Ini tidak memberikan gambaran kepada situasi sebenar. Secara ringkas, banyak kelemahan dalam perlu diselesaikan dalam penyelidikan ini.

I would like to single out some points which I feel are important to Sabah’s tourism industry and our potential as a seafood basket for the nation and region. The following are my comments:

Saya merasakan beberapa perkara yang perlu diambil perhatian seperti potensi industri pelancongan sabah dan potensi sumber perikanan di negara dan rantau ini.

1. There is no mention that Darvel Bay is home to resident and migratory marine
animals like turtles, whale sharks, dolphins, dugongs and others.

Terdapat haiwan laut seperti penyu, ikan yu, ikan lumba-lumba dan lain hidupan laut yang lain tidak disenaraikan sebagai hidupan di Teluk Darvel.

2. Fish species used in the report as indicators are not representative of species found at the site. The species list should have been modified to cover locally common, unique or commercially important species.

Spesis ikan yang disenaraikan dalam laporan sebagai rujukan kehidupan laut tidak wujud di kawasan yang dicadangkan. Senarai haiwan patut diubah supaya ia merangkumi kehidupan laut tempatan yang unik dan banyak.

3. There will be a large impact on larvae fish according to the study, but that there will be no impact on adult fish. It is misleading for the DEIA to state that there is no impact on adult fish as larvae wont have a chance to grow. Marine zones like seagrass, mudflats and mangroves are spawning areas for fish and crustaceans. Impact on fish larvae will effect fish populations over a wider area.

Kajian menyatakan bahawa akan ada kesan kepada larva ikan tetapi tidak menyatakan akan kesan kepada ikan yang matang. DEIA telah membuat petunjuk yang salah apabila menyatakan tidak akan ada kesan kepada ikan matang di kawasan di mana ikan larva tidak mempunyai peluang untuk hidup. Kawasan laut yang mempunyai rumpai laut, dataran lumpur dan paya bakau adalah kawasan pembiakan kepada ikan dan udang.

I am unimpressed with the way this study has been carried out, and I will continue to closely monitor the next step that the government takes on this plant.

Saya terkilan denagn cara kajian ini dilaksanakan dan akan memerhati dengan lebih dekat langkah dan pendekatan kerajaan tentang loji ini.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

<your name>
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