Malaysian lawyers slam Sarawak dam resettlements

The Malaysian Bar Council finds a series of basic rights violated at the resettlement sites of the Murum Dam and attests Sarawak Energy a lack of interest in the resettled people.

KUALA LUMPUR / MURUM, Malaysia, August 7, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The Malaysian Bar Council, the official association of all Malaysian advocates and solicitors, slams Sarawak Energy, a state-owned Malaysian power supplier, for the resettlement conditions of 1,500 indigenous Penan and Kenyah who were displaced by the recently-constructed Murum dam.… More…

Unprecedented study confirms neonic pesticides endanger bees, birds, butterflies and earthworms

Landmark review by independent scientists bolsters the case for a ban

WILDERNESSCOMMITTEE_LOGOOTTAWA, Ontario, August 4, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– In light of a comprehensive review of the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides (“neonics”), environmental groups have renewed their call for federal and provincial governments to end the use of this class of chemicals in Canada.… More…

Wilderness Committee exposes provincial park bog polluted with toxic mine waste ahead of International Bog Day

Water collected from former Spruce Point Mine site “extremely toxic”

WILDERNESSCOMMITTEE_LOGOWINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada, July 25, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– As the world focuses on the importance of bogs and wetlands for International Bog Day on Sunday, July 27, the Wilderness Committee is drawing attention to a small patch of Manitoba’s vast system of bogs: a northern provincial park wetland that was left polluted with heavy metals from mining.… More…

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…