Milestone win for Negros environmental activists as conglomerate shelves LNG plant

(Eco Business, 22 Nov 2022) San Miguel Corporation subsidiary pulls out of proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) project amid intersectional mass action in Philippines’ Negros Island.

In a milestone win for the multi-sectoral environmental defenders of Negros Island in central Philippines, the subsidiary of conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has withdrawn from a proposed P18.5-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant that would have overlooked the region’s biodiversity-rich Tañon Strait along the coast of San Carlos City.

SMC’s Resilience Energy Development Inc. (REDI) has rescinded and will “no longer pursue” its Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) application for the 300-megawatt (MW) LNG facility, confirmed Environmental Management Bureau Region 6 director William Cuñado in a letter addressed to Avril de Torres, deputy executive director of the nongovernment organisation Center for Energy, Ecology, and Development (CEED).

“This is a victory for Negrosanons, who have made their voice clear that they preferred renewable energyto LNG in sourcing their power for the island,” Torres announced, welcoming the decision. “Although LNG is considered a ‘transition fuel’ by some, it is clearly unnecessary for Negros, which boasts extensive renewable energy facilities.”

“[We] live for small revolutions,” said Youth For Climate Hope founding member Maria Jaya, who has been at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt the last two weeks as a youth delegate to the COP27 UN summit. 

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