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Another La Union town says no to coal plants

Another La Union town says no to coal plants

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan, Philippines — San Gabriel, the largest town based on land area in La Union province, has opposed the construction of a coal-fired power plant in neighboring Luna town that officials and residents say is “risky, polluting and destructive.”

In a resolution passed on July 15, the San Gabriel town council said it “strongly opposed the construction of coal-fired power plants and would take a firm stand on the preservation of natural resources and the protection of the life and health of the people by encouraging the development and utilization of renewable energy.”

San Gabriel has 17,553 hectares of mostly agricultural land.

The council resolution made no direct reference to the 670-megawatt twin plants that have been the subject of protests after the project was granted an environmental compliance certificate (ECC).

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