marine life

Environmentalists accuse govt of inaction on Sethusamudram project

Date of Release: 
Sep 24 2013

Environmentalists yesterday expressed regret over the country’s failure to address its concerns over the controversial Sethusamudram Project. They accused state officials of years of inaction on the issue.

According to them, the National Aquatic Resources Agency (NARA), Coast Conservation Department (CCD), Fisheries Department and Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry were the responsible authorities who had not yet addressed the issue even though it arose eight years ago.

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PTTGC faces Samet spill legal action

Date of Release: 
Jul 30 2013

State agencies are preparing to file a lawsuit against PTT Global Chemical Plc (PTTGC) for compensation over the environmental damage caused by the oil spill from its offshore pipeline on Saturday.

The slick had spread across Ao Phrao on the resort island of Samet in eastern Rayong early yesterday and was threatening nearby marine sanctuaries.

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Thailand: Seaport threatens reefs off Satun

Date of Release: 
Dec 3 2012

The National Economic and Social Advisory Council (Nesac) called a meeting of environmentalists and concerned state agencies to look into the possible effects of the construction of the seaport.

Although the project's environment impact assessment (EIA) was given the nod by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning in June 2009, concerns about environmental destruction and adverse impact on local communities were still rife.

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Fiji: Bay of uncertainty

Date of Release: 
Nov 13 2012

LILY Todd remembers when the Suva Harbor was in its majestic form, untouched, unspoilt before damaged ships permanently anchored themselves, before the chemicals and rubbish from factories polluted the waters, before any of the mangroves were cut down for development.

At 76-years old, Lily is the oldest resident at Uduya Point having lived there since 1948. She remembers how beautiful the Suva Harbor looked at dusk during sunset and how the sun seemed to glisten on the water at sunset.

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Papua New Guinea: Review claims 'poor science' in deep-sea mining report

Date of Release: 
Nov 9 2012

A debate has erupted over the scientific validity of the environmental impact statement (EIS) of the world's first deep-sea mine, located off the coast of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The furore may push the PNG government to convene a further roundtable meeting for experts, before the mine becomes operational next year.

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Thailand: Chevron port plan under attack

Date of Release: 
Nov 11 2012

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked a state planning body to review its approval of an environmental impact study for the controversial Chevron port project.

The NHRC issued the request after holding a forum in Tha Sala district to hear the opinions of local residents, fishermen and authorities on Tuesday.

Residents, including fishermen, have opposed the planned construction of Chevron's port in tambon Klai of Tha Sala district, saying it would damage their livelihoods.

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Australian coal port expansions to have minimal environmental impact: study

Date of Release: 
Oct 24 2012

The planned expansion of Australia's Abbot Point and Hay Point coal ports over the next few years will have little impact on the environment including the Great Barrier Reef, a study sponsored by the industry showed Wednesday.

The study was commissioned by BHP Billiton, GVK Hancock and Adani, which are seeking to expand the two export ports to accommodate the growing thermal coal production in eastern Australia.

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PNG tourism minister queries Nautilus seabed mining project

Date of Release: 
Oct 10 2012

Papua New Guinea’s Tourism Minister says he does not agree with seabed mining in the Bismarck Sea in the absence of an independent environment impact assessment.

The Canadian firm, Nautilus Minerals, is pioneering the technology to extract minerals from the ocean floor.

The minister, Boka Kondra, says the oil disaster and the environmental damage in the Gulf of Mexico demonstrated the inability of rich resources companies to prevent the destruction of marine and wild life.

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