India: Exposing Fraud in Bauxite Mining Plan

India: Exposing Fraud in Bauxite Mining Plan

ELAW partner Ritwick Dutta
ELAW partner Ritwick Dutta is working to protect communities and local waterways from polluting mining projects.

IIn theory, EIAs are supposed to help communities make good decisions about the environment. But that theory breaks down when an EIA is fraudulent!

A multinational mining company received a 74-year lease to mine bauxite in Maharashtra, India, based on an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared for a mining project in Russia!

ELAW Staff Scientist Mark Chernaik uncovered the fraud.

The Mint, a national newspaper in India partnered with The Wall Street Journal, quotes Mark:

"Unless, by some amazing coincidence, mineralization in the Barja River in India and the Vorykva River in Russia both peak at 452.95mg/liter during the summer months, then the water quality information in the Indian EIA for the Ashapura project in Ratnagiri is fraudulent."

"Mark did an excellent critique"

Ritwick Dutta

ELAW partner Ritwick Dutta called on Mark to review the EIA for the Ashapura project. Ritwick is working to protect communities and local waterways from polluting mining projects. He helped found Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment in New Delhi, and traveled to Oregon to participate in the 2007 ELAW Annual Meeting.

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"Unless, by some amazing coincidence, mineralization in the Barja river in India and the Vorykva river in Russia both peak at 452.95mg/liter during the summer months, then the water quality information in the Indian EIA for the Ashapura project in Ratnagiri is fraudulent." -- Mark Chernaik, ELAW U.S. Staff Scientist