State-owned cement producer PT Semen Gresik Tbk is looking for a new location for an additional factory after a high court turned down the company’s appeal over the denial of a license to explore the karst on the Kendeng mountain range in Sukolilo, Pati, Central Java.
“We are still researching potential areas on Java Island,” Saefudding Zuhri, the company’s spokesman, told tempointeraktif.com Tuesday.
Among the areas being looked at were Rembang and Grobogan in Central Java.
The company and the Pati regency administration lost an appeal to the State Administration High Court in Surabaya, over a legal case filed by an environment advocacy team with regard to the company’s exploration license to establish a cement factory in Sukolilo.
The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) argued that the Pati regency administration had violated a bylaw on the regency’s 2003-2012 spatial planning, which stipulated that the Kendeng mountain range was an agricultural and tourism area, not a mining area.
Walhi said that the karst area along the Kendeng mountain range, which stretches from Taban subdistrict in Kudus, Central Java, to Tuban, East Java, had been the main water resource for thousands of people living in the region and surrounding area.