Mae Sot

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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SEZ proposals strike fear in villagers

Date of Release: 
Nov 18 2015

NO HEAVY industry will be promoted in the proposed special economic zones (SEZs) in the border provinces, government officials have emphasised.

However, locals near the proposed economic zone in Tak's Mae Sot district said they feared their livelihoods would soon be changed forever as people in two villages would have to move away from their land.

They were also worried about the future environmental impact of the industrial estates.

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