Pipeline EIA approval broke law, says Thai judge

Date of Release: 
Mar 27 2013

he approval of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Thai-Malaysian gas pipeline in Songkhla 12 years ago was illegal, a Supreme Administrative Court judge said Tuesday.

However, judge Panuphan Chairat stopped short of ordering the revocation of the pipeline's permit, as demanded by a group of 18 residents from Songkhla's Chana district.

The residents, calling themselves the Pipeline Project Opponent Network, say their lives have been affected by the pipeline and that its licensing was illegal.


Myanmar: Group calls for review of pipelines

Date of Release: 
Oct 15 2012

Mandalay-based environmental group Seinyaungso has called on the government to halt an oil and gas pipeline project in the interests of the country.

The pipelines, which will run from Kyaukpyu in Rakhine State to Yunnan Province in China, are joint projects between China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE). However, Seinyaungso said ownership and management of the piplines was out of Myanmar’s control. Companies from South Korea and India are also investors in the natural gas pipeline.

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