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Jakarta Post

Villagers want geothermal power plant suspended

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31 2009   /  01:24 pm

Angered by explosions Thursday, worried residents in Pangalengan in South Bandung, West Java, returned to the nearby Wayang Windu geothermal field Friday to demand work there be suspended. Three explosions from the exploration field Thursday shocked residents in Margamukti village in Pangalengan district, causing some to faint. The angry villagers shortly gathered at the geothermal plant operated by independent energy company Star Energy and threw rocks and bottles at the company office windows. During Friday's rally around 1,000 residents demanded the exploration project be temporarily closed. The villagers also wanted the company to suspend the planned construction of its third and fourth geothermal power-plant units expected to begin Nov. 3, 2009. The residents agreed the company could resume the explora-tion project after it ensured their safety. They r...