Thailand

More Lao dam deals inked

Date of Release: 
Oct 25 2012

Laos has contracted firms to build and operate another significant hydropower plant on the Mekong River system, adding to the existing furore over potential effects on downstream countries such as Cambodia from the controversial Xayaburi dam.

The contracts, reportedly worth $1 billion, are for a series of three dams making up the Xe-Namnoy plant on two tributaries of the Se Kong River, which flows into the Mekong from the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos – just some 100 kilometres from Cambodia.

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ONEP EIA Guide

Environmental Impact Evaluation Bureau, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning prepares guidance for the general public, namely “Environmental Impact Assessment in Thailand”.

This guidance will be useful for the general public and government agencies to understand the law, regulations, guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment in Thailand.

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Activist to sue in bid to block Suvarnabhumi expansion

Date of Release: 
Sep 2 2012

An environmental advocate plans to file a lawsuit against Suvarnabhumi airport in the hopes of stopping its planned expansion, saying work has begun on the project despite required impact studies not being carried out.

Srisuwan Janya, president of the Stop Global Warming Association, said the airport has begun its 62.5 billion baht expansion despite not having carried out environmental and health impact assessments. He has been authorised by about 390 people living around the airport to file a lawsuit with the Administrative Court calling for a halt to the expansion.

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Network calls for controls on biomass power plants

Date of Release: 
Sep 27 2012

A local health promotion network has urged the government to impose tight controls on the growing number of biomass power projects.

Many of these projects have reduced their generating capacity to avoid being forced to conduct environmental impact studies, it said.

Northeastern Thailand Development Foundation (Net) manager Wichitra Chusakul yesterday said the power projects have tried to bring down their power generating capacities to no more than 9.9 megawatts (MW).

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IEAT to appeal Rayong ruling

Date of Release: 
Sep 27 2012

The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) plans to file a court appeal today or tomorrow over the recent ruling on an ecological industrial estate plan in Rayong province.

The IEAT is ready to appeal to the court and provide additional details, said governor Verapong Chaiperm, adding that IRPC Plc has finished its environmental impact assessment (EIA).

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Koh Samet’s controversial pier

Date of Release: 
Sep 23 2012

The construction of a pier on Koh Samet, a tourist island off the Rayong provincial coast in eastern Thailand, has triggered a conflict between concerned agencies. Each party has its own justifications for and against the pier.

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Work on high-speed rail project faces two-year delay over EIA

Date of Release: 
Jul 23 2012

"Undertaking an environment impact assessment together with a public hearing might take as long as two years after the feasibility study for a project is completed," Chula Sukmanop, inspector-general of the Transport Ministry and acting director of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning (OTP), said last week.

For the Bangkok-Chiang Mai high-speed train route, the OTP has received the result of the project's feasibility study from Japan, he said.

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