US Pushes Phulbari Mine Reopening
Wednesday, 22 December 2010


US diplomats have repeatedly put pressure on Bangladesh government to reopen the controversial Phulbari coal mine, which was closed following a violent protest.

In a latest WikiLeaks release, a diplomatic US cable shows that US ambassador to Bangladesh James Moriarty held talks with the country's chief energy advisor last year.

In that discussion, Moriarty urged chief energy advisor Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury to approve plans by the British company Global Coal Management (GCM) to begin open-cast coal mining in the country's Phulbari area, west off Bangladesh, The Guardian newspaper reported.

On 26 Aug 2006, three boys, 'Salekin', 20, 'Tariqul', 21, and 'Amin', 13, were killed and more than 200 people injured in Phulbari when law enforcers fired shots on a peaceful demonstration protesting the open-pit mining proposed by the UK-based Asia Energy.


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