Thailand

Mounting pile of garbage polluting Koh Larn

Date of Release: 
Sep 1 2016

CHON BURI -- Residents of Koh Larn have complained that the problem of disposing of mounting piles of garbage on the popular tourist island off Pattaya is becoming worse, with about 10,000 tonnes of accumulated waste and rubbish already disfiguring the island.

The tiny resort island has a resident population of about 4,000, according to official domicile registration records.

However, there are another 4,000-8,000 people from elsewhere, including migrant workers, also living on the island.

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Community opposes new PTT gas pipeline in Rayong

Date of Release: 
Aug 30 2016

RAYONG -- Residents of Nong Faeb in tambon Map Ta Phut have put up banners and signboards showing their opposition to PTT Plc's plan to lay a 5th natural gas pipeline through their community.

They argue that PTT's plan routes the 5th natural gas pipeline through the heart of Nong Faeb community, near schools, a temple and along a railroad parallel with the existing 4th pipeline.

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AoT commits to expanding Suvarnabhumi

Date of Release: 
Aug 27 2016

Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) has signed three contracts worth 14.9 billion baht to expand Suvarnabhumi airport as the government gears up efforts to turn Thailand into the region's aviation hub.

The first contract worth 12 billion baht involves Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD), hired to construct a concourse, parking bays and a tunnel in the airport's southern area.

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Songkhla, Satun locals urge rail halt

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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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Heavy-handed actions crushing villagers

Date of Release: 
Jun 20 2016

The intensified crackdown on encroachment and logging by the military regime has dealt a heavy blow to villagers who live in harmony with nature in protected forest areas, while leaving most influential big timber businesses unscratched.

The suppression followed two orders issued in 2014 by the National Council for Peace and Order designed to protect and reclaim the forests and which impose harsh punishment for encroachment on protected areas and for illegal logging.

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PCD steers up five-year and 20-year pollution control plans

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Jun 11 2016

BANGKOK, 11 June 2016 (NNT) – The Pollution Control Department (PCD) is preparing to execute five-year and 20-year pollution management plans alongside a new National Economic and Social Development Plan to ensure proper pollution control.

PCD Director General Wijarn Simachaya said the department has issued the five-year and 20-year pollution management plans for periods during 2017-2021 and during 2017-2036 in order to push forward pollution control operations in Thailand.

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Ombudsman investigates Bangyai-Kanchanaburi motorway project

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Jun 2 2016

NAKHON PATHOM, 2 June 2016 (NNT) - The Office of the Ombudsman has sent a fact-finding team to Nakhon Pathom province in response to complaints about the questionable management of the Bang Yai-Kanchanaburi motorway project.

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Pollution Control Dept to restore Khli Ti Stream in Kanchanaburi Province after lead contamination

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Jun 28 2016

KANCHANABURI, 28 June 2016 (NNT) - The Pollution Control Department is preparing to restore Khli Ti Stream in Kanchanaburi province after lead contamination. The project is expected to take 1,000 days and has a budget of 584 million baht.

Director-General of the Pollution Control Department Wijarn Simachaya said that with a finalized budget of 584 million baht, the department has commenced with the e-bidding process, which will conclude on August 11. After the auction, the winning bidder will be able to begin project operations in the same month.

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Thailand and the Lao PDR have agreed on cross-border pollution management efforts

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Jul 14 2016

BANGKOK, 14 July 2016 (NNT) - Thailand and the Lao PDR have agreed on pollution management efforts and ways to cope with cross-border pollution, particularly wildfire smoke.

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Gov Pushes BKK to Finalize Light Rail Project

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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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