EIA News

Mesco closes in on gold licence

Date of Release: 
Aug 9 2016

After an unexpectedly lengthy review, the Ministry of Environment has approved the environmental and social impact study of Indian mining firm Mesco Gold, clearing the last major hurdle for the company to receive a licence to operate the Kingdom’s first royalty-generating mine.

“The Ministry of Environment has given its approval for underground mining over a 12 square kilometre area,” Rajeev Moudgil, director of Mesco Gold (Cambodia) Ltd, said yesterday.

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Weak adherence to environment law leads to licensing of polluting projects

Date of Release: 
Aug 8 2016

The requirement on environmental impact assessment was first set in the 2005 Environment Protection Law and the 1998 Water Resource Law. Later, the Water Resource Law was amended with many new provisions and standards, taking effect in January 2013.

In principle, when laws are amended, reports on environmental impact assessment must be made again, while old reports must not be used.

Vu Ngoc Long, head of the Southern Institute of Ecology, when talking about the Lee & Man pulp paper project, said that the big problem can be seen in the location of the plant.

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Rail line across Thailand runs into resistance

Date of Release: 
Aug 3 2016

Work on a railway line that would link the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea has hit a hurdle after opposition by residents in southern Thailand.

The National Environment Board on Monday rejected a proposal on the project after locals complained it had been drawn up without their involvement, as required under the law.

Its environmental impact assessment "was conducted without people's participation", local and environmental activist Wichoksak Ronnarongpairee told The Straits Times.

As a result, the board suspended it pending further consultations with the local community.

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Gov Pushes BKK to Finalize Light Rail Project

Date of Release: 
Aug 1 2016

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada is fed up.

After years of talking and planning a province-wide light rail project, Governor Chamroen is ready for officials to put up or shut up.

The governor has called on the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP) in Bangkok to sort things out in his office next week or dismiss the project entirely.

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Songkhla, Satun locals urge rail halt

Date of Release: 
Jul 22 2016

About 20 residents from southern communities affected by the planned Songkhla-Satun Land Bridge Project handed a petition Thursday to the National Environment Board (NEB) asking it suspend its consideration of a rail freight transport project, a part of the proposed Land Bridge scheme.

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University study excluded public participation

Date of Release: 
Jul 18 2016

They complained that a study team from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Lat Krabang (KMITL) had conducted an improper public hearing on the project.

People from local communities and academics denounced the KMITL study team, saying that people's right to decide on the project had been violated.

They said the study team had set up a public hearing without providing essential information on the project and also claimed to have support of riverside communities, which were yet to approve the project.

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Building an Effective EIA Process for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations

Date of Release: 
Jul 17 2016

MCRB convened a meeting between government, offshore oil and gas companies and others on July 11 in Naypyidaw to discuss lessons learned from the Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) / Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and to look ahead to future offshore activity including the drilling of exploration wells in the 2016/2017 season.

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SEZs under scrutiny

Date of Release: 
Jun 28 2016

Of the long list of challenges inherited by the new government when it took office in April, among the most expensive and ambitious are the special economic zones planned for Yangon and on each side of the country, on the Indian Ocean.

Conceived when Myanmar was still under military rule, the three multi-million-dollar SEZs – at Thilawa in Yangon Region, Dawei in Tanintharyi Region and Kyaukphyu in Rakhine State – have faced accusations of land grabbing and a disregard for transparency.

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Thailand reaffirms Dawei plans, but does Myanmar?

Date of Release: 
Jun 25 2016

“The governments of Thailand and Myanmar reaffirmed that the Dawei megaproject will create thousands of jobs and improve the livelihoods of people along the border,” according to Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Prayuth was speaking at a joint press conference in Bangkok on Friday. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi also addressed reporters, but made no mention of her administration’s commitment to the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) or other mutual business or trade interests. The pair also declined to take questions after the press briefing.

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