Sarawak Energy downplays security risks at mega-dam

A confidential assessment of the turbines of the Murum Dam reveals severe security issues – Sarawak Energy asked to put safety first and stop all preparation works for further dams

SARAWAK, Malaysia, July 14, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Late last week, the whistleblower website Sarawak Report uncovered severe security issues at the controversial Murum Dam in Sarawak, Malaysia.… More…

Stand Up for BC Parks: Day of Action

Wilderness Committee event
Saturday, July 19, 2014 – 9:00am – 9:00pm

WILDERNESSCOMMITTEE_LOGOVANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, July 14, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– On July 19th, Canada Parks Day, British Columbians will be gathering in parks across the province to #StandUpforParks and call on the BC government to protect our natural spaces from industrial activity.… More…

‘Fight for your rights!’ – Norway’s indigenous Sami people encourage Sarawak dam opposition

Sami Television and Norway’s state radio, NRK, report on Malaysian delegation’s visit to the controversial Alta Dam hydropower plant in Northern Norway

ALTA & KARASJOK, Norway, May 26, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The Malaysian anti-dam coalition, SAVE Rivers, visited the controversial Alta Dam in the North of Norway late this week.… More…

Surprise call at Norway headquarters: Borneo natives take Norconsult to task

Norwegian consultancy group Norconsult refuses to receive a Malaysian NGO delegation in Oslo –  Indigenous spokesman Peter Kallang: “We ask Norconsult to stop assisting Sarawak Energy in destroying our livelihoods” – Bruno Manser Fund condemns Norconsult’s arrogant stance

SANDVIKA, Norway, May 21, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– A delegation of dam-affected natives from the Malaysian state of Sarawak have today made a surprise call at the Oslo headquarters of Norconsult, the Norwegian energy consultancy group.… More…

EXCLUSIVE: Norwegian chief prosecutor reports Sarawak Energy CEO to Malaysia’s corruption watchdog

Økokrim classifies allegations against Torstein Dale Sjøtveit and the Taib family as “gross corruption” – Bruno Manser Fund calls on Malaysia’s Anti Corruption Commission MACC to act swiftly and eradicate corruption in the Sarawak hydropower sector
 
OSLO, Norway, May 19, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Økokrim, Norway’s National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime, have approached the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) over a major corruption case involving a Norwegian energy manager.… More…

Norwegian energy company refuses dialogue with Sarawak natives over dams

Norconsult CEO & President John Nyheim refuses to meet with a Malaysian NGO delegation that is currently in Norway – Nyheim: our partners in Sarawak have “not been convicted on any allegations of corruption or malpractice” – Save Rivers Chairman Peter Kallang: “Norconsult’s conduct is a disgrace”
 
OSLO, Norway, May 18, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– John Nyheim, the CEO & President of Norconsult, a leading Norwegian energy consultancy firm, refuses to meet with a delegation of Borneo natives who are currently in Norway to protest against the displacement of over 20,000 people and the flooding of hundreds of square miles of tropical forests in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.… More…

ABB to review Malaysia business

Swedish-Swiss power technology provider meets indigenous delegation from Sarawak – Bruno Manser Fund demands USD 1,5 million indemnization for indigenous communities from ABB

ZURICH, Switzerland, May 15, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The Swedish-Swiss multinational ABB has announced it would review its Malaysia business in a meeting with NGOs held yesterday in Zurich.… More…

Borneo natives take anti-dams campaign to Europe

NGO delegation from Sarawak visits Switzerland and Norway to meet government officials and European energy corporations’ headquarters – ABB and Norconsult to be held accountable for their Malaysia business

ZURICH, Switzerland / OSLO, Norway, May 14, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Malaysian natives have just arrived in Europe to confront European companies and the public with the human rights abuses and environmental destruction taking place in Sarawak, Malaysia.… More…

Parents: What Will Your Teen Do This Summer – Text From the Couch or Travel Abroad?

Walking_Tree_Travel_logoDENVER, Colorado, May 12, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– U.S. high school students who are nearing the end of school in May can still create an unforgettable experience this summer by traveling overseas, rather than spend the time texting their friends from the living room couch.… More…

Panel Report Says There’s No Proven Need for the Site C Dam

Governments must abandon plans to build Site C, says Wilderness Committee

WILDERNESSCOMMITTEE_LOGOVANCOUVER, BC, Canada, May 8, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Today’s release of the joint federal-provincial environmental assessment report on the Site C dam states that there is no demonstrated need for the project, and that the project poses a “significant adverse effect” on traditional uses of the land by First Nations, some of which “cannot be mitigated.”

In its 471-page report, the Joint Review Panel made 50 recommendations and many conclusions about the risks and impacts associated with the $8-billion megaproject.… More…