Various groups have requested San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo to fulfill his pledge to “work towards thriving and prosperous coastal communities” by rejecting a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) power plant.

Gustilo, who ran unopposed, was recently awarded by the international conservation organization RARE as among 500 coastal leaders from different countries working to support “healthy and sustainable fishing communities.”

The plant is being proposed by the San Miguel Corporation-owned Reliance Energy Development Inc.(REDI-SMC).

San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said the planned fossil fuel power plant is located in the San Carlos Ecozone facing Tañon Strait, a body of water separating Negros and Cebu that hosts thriving marine life, including commercial fish, dolphins, and whales.