EHIA

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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Order flawed but regime doesn't care

Date of Release: 
Mar 15 2016

The military regime's order No.9/2559 allowing certain infrastructure and development projects to be opened for bidding before an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study is carried out is illogical.

What is worse is the ruling military probably knows how hollow its rationale is, and they don't care.

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Enforce land zoning laws

Date of Release: 
Feb 26 2016

Following fierce criticism from civic and grassroots groups, the Charter Drafting Committee (CDC) has finally promised to include community rights clauses in the draft charter. Violent conflicts over the exploitation of natural resources still loom large, however, when the military government insists on bypassing land zoning laws to back environmentally destructive industries.

The CDC has done the right thing by listening to people on the ground. The military government and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) should do the same to protect the environment and public health.

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Community rights must be in the final charter draft

Date of Release: 
Feb 23 2016

Prepared by the Meechai Ruchuphan-headed Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC), this draft does not provide for the rights of people to assemble for the protection of their community and their environment at all.

This is despite the fact that such rights had been enshrined in Thailand's constitutions since 1997.

Both the 1997 and 2007 constitutions allowed communities a direct constitutional channel to stand up and defend themselves.

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Charter writers agree to spell out community rights

Date of Release: 
Feb 22 2016

The Constitution Drafting Committee has agreed to spell out in the new draft communities' right to sue state agencies and the requirement for environmental and health impact assessments for all large projects following numerous complaints.

The move came after people in the provinces, environmental activists and academics had criticised the omissions of community rights provisions present in Section of 67 of the 2007 charter.

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Coal plant in Thepa ‘would inflame the insurgency’

Date of Release: 
Feb 16 2016

ACTIVISTS have voiced concern that a coal-fired power plant proposed for Thepa district in Songkhla will cause more violence in the Deep South - as mosques, a religious school and Muslim cemeteries would have to be moved to make way for the plant.

They also claimed that all three public hearings about the plant and its coal transport pier were not held properly. They have said the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) should revoke the Environmental and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) on the project.

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Krabi EIA on hold for clean tech study

Date of Release: 
Aug 11 2015

The tripartite panel considering the fate of the coal-fired power plant proposed for Krabi must reach a conclusion before the project's environment and health impact assessment is considered, says the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (Onep).

Raweewan Bhuridej, Onep's acting secretary-general, yesterday confirmed the office will suspend considering the EHIA until the panel has done its work.

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Thailand's NRC panel seeks creation of independent EHIA body

Date of Release: 
Jan 29 2015

Thailand should create an independent body to tackle issues regarding environment and health impact assessments (EHIA), says the National Reform Council's Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Some members are concerned the existing body which studies EHIAs cannot be impartial as it made up solely of state officials.

Hannarong Yaowalert, a member of the committee, told a forum on environmental reform yesterday that the proposed body must be independent of politics and state power.

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Thailand's NRC panel seeks creation of independent EHIA body

Date of Release: 
Jan 29 2015

Thailand should create an independent body to tackle issues regarding environment and health impact assessments (EHIA), says the National Reform Council's Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Some members are concerned the existing body which studies EHIAs cannot be impartial as it made up solely of state officials.

Hannarong Yaowalert, a member of the committee, told a forum on environmental reform yesterday that the proposed body must be independent of politics and state power.

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Mae Wong dam EHIA 'deeply flawed'

Date of Release: 
Nov 8 2014

The environmental health impact assessment for the Mae Wong Dam is too flawed for the project to get approved, environmentalists told an academic forum yesterday.

Somruthai Tasaduak, of the Water Resource Engineering Department at Kasetsart University, said the EHIA clearly showed key information about the project was missing.

"There are no details on how to direct water to communities and how to ensure that the water volume will be adequate for those who live downstream," he said. Somruthai said information on construction was also missing.

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