Mining in Thailand

Final ruling on Klity Creek compensation case delayed

Date of Release: 
Apr 26 2016

A final ruling in a 119-million-baht lawsuit against a lead-separation company for poisoning a natural water source in Kanchanaburi 13 years ago was postponed on Tuesday after the provincial court found a defendant had yet to pay a court fee.

The suit, filed by eight Karen villagers, named Lead Concentrate (Thailand) Co as first defendant and its owner, Kongsak Kleebbua, as second defendant.

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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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