Thailand

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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Opinion: Travelling at light speed

Date of Release: 
Mar 16 2016

PHUKET: Phuket’s light rail system will be the first of its kind outside of the Greater Bangkok area.

During construction, there will certainly be some bottlenecks as far as traffic is concerned. However, we have already prepared plans to lessen or avoid potential traffic congestion as much as we can.

Some people are concerned about rumors that we will be using existing lanes to build the light rail, causing more traffic than necessary. However, there are no lane closures proposed at all.

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Northern Thai provinces fighting against smog from Myanmar

Date of Release: 
Mar 16 2016

BANGKOK, 16 March 2016 (NNT) – The northern provinces have imposed measures to prevent and control forest fires due to wildfire smoke from the neighboring country.

The Department of Pollution Control on Tuesday announced that the amount of particulate matter was last measured at 115 micrograms/cubic meter in Mueang district. In Mae Sai district on the Thai-Myanmar borders, the level of particulate matter was 152 micrograms/cubic meter which was higher than safe levels, said the department.

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Kaeng Krachan and the state's charade

Date of Release: 
Mar 16 2016

In his column "From the Prime Minister's Heart" in the government's newsletter, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha reaffirms his administration's commitment to sustainable development and the sufficiency economy. The gap between words and actions is as wide as an ocean.

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Local resistance fails to halt Myeik coal-fired power plant

Date of Release: 
Mar 15 2016

Beside Lut Lut village – 12 miles (19.3 kilometres) from Myeik – Than Phyo Thu Mining Company and Myeik Public Corporation plan to build and operate the plant to distribute electricity around the area.

U Myo Win Than, director of Than Phyo Thu Mining, said the company will spend K48 billion on the project, after signing with the Ministry of Electric Power in 2012 to build the power plant on 160 acres of land.

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Grand Unity returns to condos

Date of Release: 
Mar 15 2016

Grand Unity Development Co, a condominium subsidiary of SET-listed Univentures Plc (UV) owned by liquor tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, is set to resume new condo launches with three projects worth a combined 4.2 billion baht.

After launching just one project last year on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in the Ratchayothin area in April, Grand Unity has stayed on the sidelines as it waits for environmental impact assessment approval for its new project, said president Worawat Srisa-an.

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Regime's 5-year plan raising suspicions

Date of Release: 
Mar 14 2016

Just five years. That is the time required by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to stay in power for the so-called transition period to fulfill its "Big Brother" role after the election, making sure the new elected government will not stray from the reform path crafted by the junta.

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Megaprojects 'will go ahead'

Date of Release: 
Mar 14 2016

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has assured investors the ministry's 20 infrastructure projects will go ahead as planned following the military regime's latest order to allow state authorities to "fast-track" mandatory environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for state projects.

Mr Arkhom said he has reassured the participating investors that all 20 megaprojects worth 1.796 trillion baht will be implemented by the government.

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Ex environment minister and colleagues ask for a retrial of the Klong Dan case

Date of Release: 
Mar 16 2016

The Central Administrative Court was on Tuesday asked for a retrial of the Klong Dan case in which the Pollution Control Department was ordered by the Supreme Administrative Court to pay the NVPSKG consortium about 10 billion baht for the corruption-plagued project.
The petition was submitted by former natural resources and environment minister Praphat Panyachartrak, Mr Apichai Chavacharoenpant, former director-general of Pollution Control Department and five former officials responsible for the contract between the department and the consortium.

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Order flawed but regime doesn't care

Date of Release: 
Mar 15 2016

The military regime's order No.9/2559 allowing certain infrastructure and development projects to be opened for bidding before an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study is carried out is illogical.

What is worse is the ruling military probably knows how hollow its rationale is, and they don't care.

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