Akara Resources

Gold miners face business shutdown

Date of Release: 
May 11 2016

Thailand's gold mining industry is set to go out of business as the cabinet has decided to stop renewing and issuing licences for gold ore exploration and gold mining following a public outcry over health and environmental issues.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting Tuesday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted gold mining will cease by the end of this year. Steps will also be taken to rehabilitate mining areas and help workers set to lose their jobs.

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Over 300 take Akara to court, demand compensation

Date of Release: 
May 28 2016

MORE than 300 people have filed a class-action lawsuit against against Akara Resources Public Co Ltd, each demanding about Bt1.5 million in compensation for adverse impacts allegedly caused by the firm’s gold mine.

The compensation claims covered health impacts, including medical treatment, and lost opportunities for locals to access natural resources in the mine's neighbourhood. Those who filed the petition live in Phichit and Phetchabun provinces.

Their lawyer, Somchai Ameen, said lab tests showed these people had an unusually high amount of metals in their blood.

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Akara sued for B500m over gold-mine impacts

Date of Release: 
May 27 2016

About 300 Phetchabun and Phichit residents on Friday filed a 500-million-baht lawsuit against Akara Resources Plc over health, environmental and resource impacts stemming from its gold-mining operation.

The Lawyers Council of Thailand brought some 30 residents representing the plaintiffs' group to the Civil Court on Ratchadaphisek Road in Bangkok.

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Licence extension linked to gold mine ‘to be based on scientific data

Date of Release: 
Apr 24 2016

A team from four ministries yesterday visited Chatree gold mine in Phichit to inspect the mine and get information from both opponents and supporters of the gold mine.

The officials were led by Industry Minister Atchaka Sibunruang, Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsat-ayadorn, Science Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj, and Pollution Control Department chief Wijarn Simachaya, who represented the Natural Resource and Environment Minister.

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Network opposes renewal of gold miner's licence

Date of Release: 
Mar 8 2016

A network of people affected by gold mining in Phichit and Phetchabun provinces is campaigning against any renewal of the licence of the country's largest gold miner, Akara Resources Ltd, which expires on May 31.

About 60 representatives of the network on Tuesday petitioned Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), to disallow the licence renewal.

The complaint was lodged at the complaints centre at the PM’s office of the permanent secretary’s public service centre.

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