Sarawak Assemblyman Calls forTransparencyin Kasawari Carbon Capture Project

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How urges for transparency and independent scrutiny of Sarawak's proposed Kasawari Carbon Capture and Storage project. He demands public disclosure of project data and independent consultants to examine environmental and socio-economic impacts.

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Sarawak Assemblyman Calls forTransparencyin Kasawari Carbon Capture Project

Sarawak Assemblyman Calls forTransparencyin Kasawari Carbon Capture Project

On May 10, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How urged for greater transparency, public consultation, and independent scrutiny of Sarawak's proposed Kasawari Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project during the State Legislative Assembly sitting in Kuching. See emphasized the importance of upholding environmental integrity and safeguarding the state's interests amidst the project's uncertainties and risks.

Why this matters: The Kasawari CCS project's environmental impact and transparency concerns have far-reaching implications for global efforts to combat climate change, and the project's success or failure could set a precedent for similar initiatives worldwide. Moreover, the project's outcome will likely influence the direction of sustainable development and conservation in Sarawak and beyond.

During the debate, See demanded that data on the planning, operations, and performance of the Kasawari CCS project be systematically disclosed to the public to ensure transparency and accountability. He urged the government to make the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and the report on the Impact Assessment on Marine Ecology open for public display and comments.

See stressed the need for independent consultants to examine and advise on comprehensive studies regarding the technological, geological, safety, and socio-environmental impacts of the project. He also called for accredited consultants to advise on regulatory oversight to ensure the safe and environmentally responsible operation of the Kasawari CCS project.

While acknowledging the project's potential to generate lucrative income for Sarawak, See cautioned against overlooking environmental concerns and sustainability. He emphasized the importance of proper legislature, good governance, and the implementation of strategies and action plans that meet international standards to address climate change and global warming.

"We must always remind ourselves that other countries are looking upon our Right Honourable Premier and Sarawak to take the lead in our undertaking of initiatives to green the world, conservation, and sustainable development of our resources to alleviate the tide of climate change and global warming," said See Chee How during his speech at the State Legislative Assembly.

The Kasawari CCS project, proposed by Sarawak, aims to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions to mitigate the impact of climate change. However, the project has raised concerns among environmentalists and local communities regarding its potential risks and environmental impact. See Chee How's call for transparency and independent scrutiny highlights the need for a thorough evaluation of the project to ensure its safety and sustainability.