Songkhla

Egat insists on going ahead with Thepa plant

Date of Release: 
Aug 25 2016

CONSTRUCTION of the Thepa coal-fired power plant is set to begin in the second quarter of next year, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) said, even though many locals have refused to sell their land despite facing threats.

Egat has so far insisted that it will build the 2,200-megawatt power plant in Songkhla's Thepa district, despite strong protests from local people. The Environment and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) for both the plant and coal transport has also not been approved by the Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning Office (ONEP).

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Smoke haze at 'unsafe levels' in 4 southern provinces

Date of Release: 
Oct 21 2015

The levels of particulate matter from Indonesia's forest fires in the southern provinces of Songkhla, Satun, Yala and Pattani have soared above safety levels, environmental authorities said on Wednesday.

Residents in all areas were advised to continually monitor the haze situation and wear face masks outside the home at all times.

The particulate matter (PM10) reading in the four provinces was measured on a rolling 24-hour average until 6pm, the Pollution Control Department said.

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Protesters shun power plant hearing

Date of Release: 
Jul 28 2015

Songkhla: Protesters boycotted a public hearing Monday on a new coal-fired power plant project planned for Thepha district, after being told they could not attend if they brought their protest placards.

The third and final hearing on the Environment and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) for the 2,200-megawatt coal-fired power plant, which will be the largest of its kind in Thailand, was held at the Pak Bang Tambon Administration Organisation (TAO) office.

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Razor wire rings Thepha power plant hearing

Date of Release: 
Jul 27 2015

A public hearing on the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand's proposed coal-fired power plant in Songkhla's Thepha district opened amid tight security on Monday, with the project's opponents prevented from entering.

Coils of barbed wire were stretched around the office of Pak Bang tambon administration organisation, the venue for the hearing, to prevent villagers who oppose the project from getting inside.

About 1,500 soldiers and police were deployed around the TAO office. Another 500 defence volunteers from various villages were deployed inside the TAO compound.

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Songkhla locals add fuel to anti-coal push

Date of Release: 
Jul 26 2015

Thepha district, which would house the new project, has the “best-preserved nature” of Songkhla’s 16 districts, the locals said, adding that farmers and fishermen in the area follow Islamic halal regulations and refrain from using chemicals.

The declaration, signed by representatives from more than 100 tambons in the province, said residents would refuse to allow a 2,200-megawatt plant to “sit near our white sand beach”.

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