Thirsty Coal 2

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Publication - 2013-07-23
Our investigation has revealed that Shenhua’s Coal-to-Liquid Project went to extraordinary lengths to secure water supply for its operations, and has found alarming evidence of widespread ecological and social damage, resulting from the short span of eight years of operations. Shenhua’s plundering of water at the cost of the local population and the baseline needs of the environment is of such a scale that can only be described as a “water grab” in the most ruthless way.

This investigation report is a follow-up to the 2012 Greenpeace and the China Academy of Sciences joint study: Thirsty Coal: A Water Crisis Exacerbated By China’s New Mega Coal Bases. In this report, we focus on the most controversial part of Chinas coal strategy: the proposed scaling up of the coal chemical sector. In particular, Greenpeace investigated the largest of nine coal chemical demonstration projects in operation: Shenhuas Coal-to-Liquid Demonstration Project located in Ordos, Inner Mongolia. Given its size and scope, this massive, controversial project is a classic example of the unchecked expansion of coal-reliant industries that is in growing conflict with Chinas water resources.

The Shenhua Group is China's largest coal conglomerate, producing 460 million tons of raw coal every year, half of which is located in the Shendong coal field, which is currently the largest integrated coal field in terms of proven reserves and makes up one quarter of the national total. It is one of the world's eight largest coal fields and contains both the Shendong and Shaanbei coal bases. It is also where the Ordos Coal-to Liquid Demonstration Project has been in operation since December 2008.

Our investigation has revealed that Shenhua’s Coal-to-Liquid Project went to extraordinary lengths to secure water supply for its operations, and has found alarming evidence of widespread ecological and social damage, resulting from the short span of eight years of operations. Shenhua’s plundering of water at the cost of the local population and the baseline needs of the environment is of such a scale that can only be described as a “water grab” in the most ruthless way.

The full feature can be read here: http://www.greenpeace.org/eastasia/thirsty-coal-2-stories.

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Thirsty Coal 2

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