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Locals sue to revoke power plant licence

Date of Release: 
May 7 2014

VILLAGERS FROM Prachin Buri's Kabin Buri district yesterday filed a lawsuit with the Central Administrative Court to revoke the licence of a biomass power plant planned by KS Marketing International in tambon Khao Mai Kaew.

They claimed related agencies had abused their authority in issuing the licence because the area was reserved for conservation and could not be the site for a power plant.

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Move to stop wetlands port plans

Date of Release: 
Oct 30 2013

A group of Chachoengsao residents has asked the Administrative Court to revoke permits granted to a private firm to build ports and factories on Bang Pakong wetland.

The residents, from the Paed Rew Sustainable Town Assembly and the Bang Pakong River Basin Group, on Tuesday submitted the petition to Rayong Administrative Court.

It asked the court to revoke construction permits granted by the director of the Harbour Master's Office Region 6 and the president of the Tambon Sanamchan Administration Organisation to Eastern TPK Capital Co.

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Coalition: Environmental impact test needed for Batu Caves cable car project

Date of Release: 
Sep 27 2013

WE APPLAUD the setting up of the Special Task Force by the Selayang Municipal Council to deliberate on the legality of structures at the Batu Caves temple grounds.

Batu Caves remains an important religious site for Hindus and an iconic tourism spot.

However, its expansion should not proceed without considering its impact on the natural environment. This includes the proposed cable car project.

Limestone karsts such as Batu Caves are home to many endemic plant and animal species. Any development, including a cable car project, should not have any negative impacts on their habitats.

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Villagers near gold mine seek police help

Date of Release: 
Sep 23 2013

"We demand that police bring the perpetrators to justice," the residents said in a statement.

The villagers, calling themselves the Love Homeland Group, said in the statement that the firm, which has been in the area since 2006, had its mining operation suspended due to its adverse impact on the environment and the potentially fatal health hazard it posed to villagers.

Since the firm entered the area, villagers have also been pitted against one another, and have even taken their dispute to court, the statement said.

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Philippines: Raps filed vs. former mayor, actors

Date of Release: 
Sep 15 2013

FORMER Mayor Florencio “Jun” Bernabe of Parañaque City and four showbiz personalities-turned city councilors are facing graft charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for approving a proposal to develop more than 100 hectares of reclaimed land in Manila Bay.
Now in hot water are councilors Venesa Alma Moreno-Salic, Jason Webb, Val Sotto and Roselle Nava after a group of residents of the city filed a letter-complaint assailing the agreement with Avesco Marketing Corp. for the implementation of a project that might allegedly cause irreparable damage to the environment.

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Thai court sides with Samut Sakhon villagers

Date of Release: 
Jul 19 2013

Samut Sakhon villagers scored a major victory yesterday in their years-long legal battle against a coal production and transportation firm and various local officials.

The long battle claimed the life of protest leader Thongnak Sawekjinda, who was shot dead in July 2011.

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Thailand: AOT faces another complaint on Suvarnabhumi Airport expansion

Date of Release: 
Dec 25 2012

This is the third complaint against the company's plan to expand Suvarnahbumi Airport. SGWA also represented two groups of residents living near the airport in lodging the first two complaints.

SGWA president Srisuwan Janya has accused the AoT of never seriously helping the affected people.

"The environmental impact assessment for the airport, which was revised in 2005, has required that the number of passengers not exceed 45 million in a year," Srisuwan said.

AOT expected the airport to accommodate 52.2 million passengers this year.

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Singapore: Pasir Ris woodland to make way for school

Date of Release: 
Nov 5 2012

Efforts by some Pasir Ris residents to save a woodland at the junction of Pasir Ris Drive 3 and Elias Road have hit a wall, with development plans for an international school set to go ahead, according to the Ministry of National Development (MND) in two letters addressed to a resident last Tuesday.

The site was among those included in a request-for-interest exercise announced in April, said the letters sent via email and signed by Strategic Planning Manager Loo Jian Sheng for the ministry's Permanent Secretary.

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Residents reject high speed railway’s 3rd impact study

Date of Release: 
Nov 22 2012

People living near the planned Beijing-Shenyang High Speed Rail Line are still saying no to the project following the release of a third environmental impact assessment Monday that declares the passing trains will not pose a health hazard nor disturb residents, some of whom live just meters from the track.

More than 50 resident representatives from 10 neighborhoods along the planned track held a meeting Tuesday evening in Beijing. They believe the noise and electromagnetic radiation from the high speed trains could be detrimental to their health, according to the Beijing Times.

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Thailand: Condo opponents plan Supreme Court appeal

Date of Release: 
Nov 16 2012

The residents had filed a lawsuit against the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), which had approved the 100-page environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Sense condominium, which was developed by Suparaj Development Limited Company.

The Central Administrative Court ruled that the ONEP's panel of environmental experts had followed the law by hearing testimonies from relevant parties, including representatives from the developer and local residents. The court also ruled that the construction permit for the project complied with the law.

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