Prayut urged to act on gold mine

Date of Release: 
Jan 20 2015

PEOPLE LIVING near a gold mine in the central north are calling for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to urgently intervene after hundreds of villagers were found to have heavy-metal contamination.

Wunpen Promrungsun yesterday submitted a petition to Prayut yesterday on behalf of those affected by the Akara Resources gold mine.

The petition calls for Prayut to order the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) and Rangsit University to jointly conduct tests on local people in three provinces who fear they have been affected - Phichit, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun.


Appeal Court upholds verdict on Klity Creek compensation

Date of Release: 
Feb 8 2012

The Appeal Court has upheld a lower court's ruling ordering Lead Concentrates Co to pay 36 million baht in compensation to Karen villagers suffering from lead contamination. The court said yesterday it agreed with the Kanchanaburi Provincial Court which ruled in 2010 that the lead-mining firm was responsible for polluting the Klity Creek in Lower Klity village in Thong Pha Phum district. Altogether 151 villagers, including Jisa Nasuansuwan, 64, who died of cancer in 2008, were exposed to toxic substances in the creek, the sole water supply for the village for 14 years.

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