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PM must stick to his promise

Date of Release: 
Mar 11 2016

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reiterated the country's commitment to sustainable development to representatives of the G77, a coalition of developing countries in the United Nations, at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.

As the current chairman of G77, he urged member countries to do the same and work together to promote sustainable development.

Last September, the premier also told the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York that he supported pro-people, inclusive development that respects the rule of law.

Now he must prove true to his words.

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Power plants near Sundarbans

Date of Release: 
Feb 15 2016

We are all for adding to the current level of power generation, but without adversely affecting the ecology. We, therefore, concur with the recommendation of the National Committee to Protect Sundarbans, a citizen platform of 101 eminent activists and scholars, that the development activities of Rampal power plant and the adjacent private Orion power plant should be held in abeyance until a new environment impact assessment (EIA) is conducted by a UN-led independent team.

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Locals protest fast-track plants

Date of Release: 
Feb 24 2016

Environmental activists and local communities affected by development and power plant projects have renewed calls for the prime minister to revoke his orders speeding up the approval process for them.

They gathered Tuesday at the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission, opposite Government House, to renew their calls. The protest group consisted of some 100 activists and residents from various provinces, including Krabi, Chachoengsao and Pathum Thani.

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Chaiyaphum residents complain to Asean embassies

Date of Release: 
Dec 9 2015

People from Chaiyaphum's Bamnet Narong district have lodged complaints with the embassies of five Asean nations in Bangkok to press for the scrapping of the plan to set up a coal-fired power plant in their hometown.

Rallying under the banner of the Bamnet Narong Conservation Group, local people urged Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Brunei, to help scrap the project - because these countries were directly involved in it.

"We will lodge a complaint with the Central Administrative Court too," the group's vice chair Bunn Phongphituck said yesterday.

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'Coal plants will cause premature deaths'

Date of Release: 
Nov 21 2015

COAL PLANTS in Thailand cause an estimated 1,550 premature deaths every year, according to new research by Harvard University and Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

That number could climb to 5,300 a year if plans to expand electricity production by building new coal-fired plants go ahead, the study found.

The report, "The Human Cost of Coal", is the first of its kind and looks at illnesses and deaths associated with Thailand's coal-fired power plants. Figures are based on state-of-the-art atmospheric modelling techniques deployed by a research team at Harvard University.

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Government Ignores Local's Views on Anndin Power Plant

Date of Release: 
Oct 13 2015

The Union government has ignored local's wishes and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Thoyo Thai Company allowing them to construct a coal fired power plant near Anndin Village in Mon State.

The Anndin Youth Group and Mon Multimedia Institute (M3i) made the announcement at a conference they held to analyse the different options available for the Anndin power station site at the Rehmonnya Hotel, in the Mon State capital Moulmein, on 7 October.

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Two groups bid for Krabi power project

Date of Release: 
Aug 6 2015

TWO CONSORTIA have submitted proposals to build a Bt48-billion coal-fired power plant in the southern province of Krabi, even though opponents of the project insist there is no need to build such a "polluting" power plant in the tourism-dependent province.

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2 groups bid on Krabi coal plant

Date of Release: 
Aug 5 2015

Two private consortiums on Wednesday submitted bids to construct the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand's planned coal-fired power plant in Krabi province.

Bidding was held from 8-10am at the Egat head office in Nonthaburi's Bang Kruay district. Two groups of companies submitted offers.

One was a consortium comprised of Italian-Thai Development Plc and Power Construction Corp of China. The second was a joint venture between Alstom (Thailand) and Marubeni of Japan.

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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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