Vietnam province pulls plug on defense-sensitive Chinese-invested resort project

Date of Release: 
Nov 27 2014

The administration of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue has decided to stop implementing a Chinese-developed resort project at a location deemed sensitive to national defense, the provincial chairman confirmed Wednesday.

Thua Thien-Hue has come under criticism after it licensed World Shine Hong Kong Co. Ltd., whose representatives are Chinese businesspeople, to develop the World Shine – Hue international resort on Cua Khem Cape, where Hai Van Mountain meets the East Vietnam Sea.
The cape is also a border area between the province and the central hub of Da Nang.


Dawei village to sue Thai mining firm over environmental impacts

Date of Release: 
Mar 18 2014

In a press release Sunday, disseminated by US campaign group Earth Rights International, residents of Myaung Pyo village said they would complain to Dawei District Court over the operations of Thailand’s Myanmar Pongpipat Company and state-owned Mining Enterprise 2, which falls under the Ministry of Mining.


Thai court orders Egat to clean up Mae Moh

Date of Release: 
Mar 12 2014

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) should pay compensation to local people suffering from air pollution from the Mae Moh coal-fired power plant in Lampang province, said a Supreme Administrative court judge.

The Egat should also come up with plans to rehabilitate the environment in areas affected by the power plant, Judge Sumeth Deuisres who is in charge of the Mae Moh pollution case, said yesterday.

He was giving his opinion at the end of the case's hearing, which was filed by a group of Mae Moh villagers affected by pollution from the power plant.


Thai Ministry elects not to sue over oil spill

Date of Release: 
Oct 29 2013

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has decided not to take legal action against PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) for damaging Koh Samet's Ao Phrao beach.

The ministry says the petrochemical firm - a subsidiary of oil giant conglomerate PTT Plc - has agreed to pay compensation to cover environmental damage to the beach's marine life after the oil spill on July 27.


BP agrees to pay $4.5B in criminal, securities claims by US for Gulf spill, oil giant announces

Date of Release: 
Nov 15 2012

British oil giant BP has agreed to pay the U.S. government $4.5 billion in installments over a period of five years for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the oil giant announced in a press release.

The cost of BP's spill far surpassed the Exxon Valdez spill off Alaska in 1989. Exxon ultimately settled with the U.S. government for $1 billion, which would be about $1.8 billion today.

Under the terms of the agreement, BP agreed to plead guilty to 11 felony counts of misconduct or neglect of ships officers relating to the loss of 11 lives on Deepwater Horizon.

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