mining

Indigenous people fighting for their culture in Cambodia

Date of Release: 
Aug 31 2015

In the far northeast of Cambodia, the forest is disappearing. On my first visit there, I expected to see thick, dense forests everywhere. Instead, most of the land has been cleared for large rubber and cassava plantations. The remaining forests are central to the daily lives of the local people, their livelihoods and culture. But foreign mining companies are failing to respect the rights of local communities, with important implications especially for indigenous people and their land.

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Mahidol uni says mine test results incomplete

Date of Release: 
Feb 2 2015

Mahidol University's Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies has defended its study on the impact of a gold mine in Phichit, saying the results disclosed by the mining operator are not yet complete.

The university's research team said yesterday it had worked with toxicologists to examine the blood and urine of villagers in the area for manganese and arsenic contamination after reports that the mine was proving toxic to workers and the environment.

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Across Borders, Southeast Asia Builds a Governance Platform

Date of Release: 
Dec 2 2014

For the past two and a half years, NRGI partners in Southeast Asia have worked together to create their very own, and very first, regional guide to governance in the extractive sector.

The Framework for Extractive Industries Governance in ASEAN, available here in English, helps member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations address governance challenges they face as they manage natural resource wealth to meet important development goals for current and future generations.

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Court order on Klity Creek 'ignored'

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Dec 13 2014

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) has violated a court order for it to lay down a rehabilitation plan quickly for the lead-contaminated Klity Creek, the director of the Karen Studies and Development Centre told a seminar yesterday.

"The order requiring the PCD to produce a rehabilitation plan in 90 days was issued by the Supreme Administrative Court in early 2013," Surapong Kongchantuk said. "But so far, I have not seen any clear plans from the PCD."

The department, however, firmly denies this allegation.

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Villagers near Phichit gold mine poisoned by heavy metals

Date of Release: 
Nov 28 2014

The institute under the Justice Ministry found manganese and arsenic in 329 of 600 blood samples collected from locals in Thap Khlo district near the mine, which is part of the Chatree Mining Complex operated by Akara Resources Plc. The company operates mines in Saraburi, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun provinces.

Institute chief Porntip Rojanasunan estimated 6,000 people might be contaminated with the two heavy metals as well as cadmium, which was found in plants as far as four kilometres from the mine.

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Top lawyer condemns delays in Klity Creek clean-up

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Aug 17 2014

A top human rights lawyer has criticised the Pollution Control Department (PCD) for lengthy delays in the clean-up of Kanchanaburi’s lead-contaminated Klity Creek.

Speaking after a meeting with the PCD, Lawyers Council of Thailand representative Surapong Kongchantuk said the department must speed up restoration of the creek.

The PCD called a meeting of its Klity Creek working committee on Friday, the first since the Supreme Administration Court ordered the department in January last year to restore the creek.

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Loei villagers sue to stop mining

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May 30 2014

A group of Loei villagers and environmental activists have petitioned the Central Administrative Court to revoke concessions issued to three iron mining companies in Chiang Khan district, claiming the process of issuing permits to the firms was illegal.

The group named the Industry Ministry's Industries and Mines Department, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry's Royal Forest Department, the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, and the local administrative agencies as defendants in a lawsuit filed with the court yesterday.

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Dawei village to sue Thai mining firm over environmental impacts

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Mar 18 2014

In a press release Sunday, disseminated by US campaign group Earth Rights International, residents of Myaung Pyo village said they would complain to Dawei District Court over the operations of Thailand’s Myanmar Pongpipat Company and state-owned Mining Enterprise 2, which falls under the Ministry of Mining.

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Environment Impact Assessments & Environmental Clearances on Goa mining leases highly deficient: CEE panel

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Oct 16 2013

A high-level committee of environmentalists have discovered discrepancies in the EIA (Environment Impact Assessment) and EC (Environmental Clearance) documents of mining leases in Goa and found that most of the mines in the state are operating within 10-kilometres of wildlife sanctuaries and the national park.

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Punjab withdraws notifications on mining sans environment clearance

Date of Release: 
Oct 11 2013

In a significant development, the Punjab government withdrew the notifications on mining auction on Thursday without clearance from the state environment impact assessment authority (SEIAA), in operational quarries of up to five hectares. With this, the state's recent notification for auction of 115 quarries in 19 districts will also stand withdrawn.

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