In Loei Thailand Villagers Sue To Stop Mining

by Admin on June 3, 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 reports The Bangkok Post.

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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The group demanded the court revoke the concessions issued to the three firms, cancel permits allowing them to use land in forest reserves and order them to rehabilitate creeks which were contaminated by the mining activities.
The Bangkok Post has quoted Banjong Mitaowan, 46, a villager at Ban U-Moong in Chiang Khan district as saying, “The water in the creek has turned yellowish because of the mining activities. We want to protect our environment. We don’t want to face the same environmental problems from mining affecting many other places in the province.”


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