Environment Impact Assessment related news

Dawei locals launch campaign against Chinese oil refinery plans

This quiet stretch of coast just south of Dawei is today used mostly for swimming and fishing by local villagers or the occasional tourist (see related story).

But the northern area of the bay is set to become part of a Chinese plan to build Myanmar’s largest oil refinery – which controversially received approval in the final days of former president U Thein Sein’s administration.

527 projects waiting for environmental clearances: Centre

Over 500 projects in various sectors are pending for environmental clearances, the Lok Saha was informed today.

"The number of projects under consideration in the Ministry for Environmental clearances are 527. The proposals are processed for approval as per the provisions under the Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006. These projects are accorded approval within the stipulated time frame and after receiving requisite document from the Project Proponent and state government," Union Environment minister Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Saha in a written reply.

Third runway decision on hold over dolphin habitat concerns

Prospects for a proposed third runway at Hong Kong International Airport seemed uncertain yesterday as environment advisers delayed their decision on whether to approve its environmental impact assessment study.

The advisers - from a subcommittee under the Advisory Council on the Environment - were concerned about how adequate and effective measures to mitigate the project's impact on the threatened Chinese white dolphin habitat would be.

Environment impact assessment not mandatory for crushers in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) - Government has decided to allow the mining of stone, gravel, sand and boulders from riverbeds despite objection from environmentalists.

Despite objection from environmentalists, the government has decided to allow the mining of stone, gravel, sand and boulders from riverbeds, conservation areas and national parks without carrying out the environment impact assessment (EIA).

Laos vows to limit dam impacts

The head of Laos’ ruling party reportedly pledged to limit the downstream impacts of the controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam in his meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen in Vientiane on Saturday.

According to a Cambodian state television report covering the visit, the Cambodian premier raised the issue during the meeting and asked his counterpart to do everything he can to ensure “sustainable” water use.

Gold miners face business shutdown

Thailand's gold mining industry is set to go out of business as the cabinet has decided to stop renewing and issuing licences for gold ore exploration and gold mining following a public outcry over health and environmental issues.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting Tuesday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted gold mining will cease by the end of this year. Steps will also be taken to rehabilitate mining areas and help workers set to lose their jobs.

Anjuna locals oppose Rs1000-crore Chapora riverfront project, demand EIA

Anjuna villagers on Sunday opposed a new multipurpose project in river Chapora and demanded that an environmental impact assessment (EIA) study be conducted.

During the gram sabha, the issue of the proposed Chapora riverfront project comprising marinas, ferry terminal, a tourist village, museum and aquarium, costing Rs 1000 crore, was raised when a villager said that “the project will not benefit the village instead will affect the activity of traditional fishermen.”

The rising cost of Metro Train

As the Orange Metro Train Project again made headlines this week with the death of seven labourers due to a wall collapse, questions are raised regarding the safety of workers as well as citizens who would travel along the 27.1-km route. Fourteen project-related deaths have already been documented in newspapers while the number doing the grapevine is double that.

Given that the life of a poor man is cheap in Pakistan because of an extremely weak labour rights movement, the discourse primarily concentrates on compensation rather than fixing responsibility.

Over 300 take Akara to court, demand compensation

MORE than 300 people have filed a class-action lawsuit against against Akara Resources Public Co Ltd, each demanding about Bt1.5 million in compensation for adverse impacts allegedly caused by the firm’s gold mine.

The compensation claims covered health impacts, including medical treatment, and lost opportunities for locals to access natural resources in the mine's neighbourhood. Those who filed the petition live in Phichit and Phetchabun provinces.

Their lawyer, Somchai Ameen, said lab tests showed these people had an unusually high amount of metals in their blood.