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Akara sued for B500m over gold-mine impacts

Date of Release: 
May 27 2016

About 300 Phetchabun and Phichit residents on Friday filed a 500-million-baht lawsuit against Akara Resources Plc over health, environmental and resource impacts stemming from its gold-mining operation.

The Lawyers Council of Thailand brought some 30 residents representing the plaintiffs' group to the Civil Court on Ratchadaphisek Road in Bangkok.

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Cabinet considers measures addressing public concerns such as farmer's debt and water management

Date of Release: 
May 16 2016

The Cabinet has considered had a meeting in which many measures to relieve public hardships, including the solution to farmer’s debt issue and water management were on the agenda.

The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has chaired a Cabinet meeting today which include the consideration of projects to relieve public hardships and agricultural development projects.

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Community rights clause not fooling anyone

Date of Release: 
Apr 6 2016

The right of citizens and communities to protect the environment against harmful development projects is now back in the draft constitution, thanks to fierce pressure by civil society nationwide. So people can relax now, right? Not a chance.

Face it. The military regime is in it for the long haul. Their diktats are the ultimate rules of the land. The community rights clause in the draft will be of no help because it has also been heavily diluted, turning active citizens and communities into state vassals.

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A complete waste

Date of Release: 
May 1 2016

When the Samart Corporation partnered in a lucrative deal to dispose of waste at Suvarnabhumi Airport in 2006, questions were raised as to why a telecommunications company was awarded the contract. The 600 million baht agreement with the Airports of Thailand (AoT) called for the construction of two incinerators to handle all waste generated at the country's biggest airport.

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Survey Finds Mixed Picture on Disclosure of Environmental Impact Assessments

Date of Release: 
Apr 4 2016

Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business has published a survey which examines how many Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Initial Environmental Examinations (IEE) have been published.

The survey focusses on oil and gas companies in Myanmar who were awarded blocks after 2013. It finds that 11 out of 19 offshore blocks (58%) and 4 out of 15 onshore blocks (26%) have published their IEEs or EIAs on the internet.

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Licence extension linked to gold mine ‘to be based on scientific data

Date of Release: 
Apr 24 2016

A team from four ministries yesterday visited Chatree gold mine in Phichit to inspect the mine and get information from both opponents and supporters of the gold mine.

The officials were led by Industry Minister Atchaka Sibunruang, Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsat-ayadorn, Science Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj, and Pollution Control Department chief Wijarn Simachaya, who represented the Natural Resource and Environment Minister.

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Potash mine opponents make a stand at hearing

Date of Release: 
Apr 24 2016

Udon Thani residents Blow whistles during threehour forum, vow to fight in court if project gets go ahead

HUNDREDS of local people blew whistles to show their opposition to a potash-mining project throughout a public hearing yesterday.

The hearing took place at a school in Udon Thani's Muang district to gather opinions from people who will be affected by the planned potash mine.

Given that this project has drawn stiff opposition from locals for more than one decade, 1,200 police and 400 soldiers were mobilised to ensure the forum was able to go ahead.

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Villagers resigned to enduring sickness caused by a lead contaminated creek

Date of Release: 
May 3 2016

Claiming lack of help from the authorities, the residents of Lower Klity Village in Kanchanaburi's Thong Pha Phum District say they have no choice but to endure chronic sickness.

The cause is lead poisoning and they blame a nearby contaminated creek to be the source of their troubles.

Here, the village people say, is where the problems start:

It was another hot afternoon in Lower Klity Village. Wichai Nasuankanok - a 15-year-old boy who identified himself as nine years old - rushed down to the Klity Creek and jumped into the clear cool water.

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Time to stop poisoning our precious land, resources

Date of Release: 
May 5 2016

All that glitters is not gold. This old saying can aptly apply to Thailand's gold mining industry or, for that matter, the mining industry in general.

The history of mining in Thailand is full of riches for a few, suffering for many and devastation for the natural environment.

In the late 1980s, more than 1,000 people in Ron Phibun district of Nakhon Si Thammarat were found to have suffered from arsenic contamination. Years of tin mining had contaminated the surface and underground water in the area for decades.

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Talk of the town - environmental conversations in Singapore

Date of Release: 
Mar 16 2016

There has been one thing dominating the environmental conversation in Singapore recently, and that is the Phase 1 Environmental Impact Assessment, or EIA, for the Cross-Island Line that was gazetted by the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) on 5 February 2016. The assessment of environmental impacts relates to the site investigation works needed for a proposed alignment of a new Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line that would run beneath part of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR) and the MacRitchie Reservoir.

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