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.