Indonesian parliament to investigate fire-linked firms in Riau

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Indonesian parliament to investigate fire-linked firms in Riau

August 24, 2016 - 14:52
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JAKARTA, Aug. 24, 2016 (Local News) -The Indonesian parliament will form a task force to look into the cancelling of investigations against 15 companies alleged to be complicit in fires in Riau, the country’s top palm oil producing province.

Legislators made the announcement on Friday as burning in Sumatra and Kalimantan continued to spread, prompting emergency responses from authorities there. The fires are an annual scourge caused by illegal slash-and-burn land clearing practices by companies and farmers, usually to make way for oil palm and timber plantations.

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