Lawsuit 'to derail Mekong dam plans'
- Published: 7 Aug 2012 at 14.45
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A group of Thai villagers on Tuesday moved to block a state-run company from buying electricity generated by a hydropower dam in Laos in a bid to halt a US$3.6 billion project on the Mekong River that is opposed by downstream countries.
The 37 villagers filed a lawsuit in the Administrative Court on Tuesday seeking the cancellation of an agreement for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) to buy almost all the power from the 1,285-megawatt Xayaburi dam. Major shareholders in Xayaburi Power Co, the dam's opereator, include Ch Karnchang Plc (CK), PTT Plc and Electricity Generating Plc (EGCO).
"Egat signed a contract without the process of consulting or giving information to stakeholders," said Teerapong Pomun, a member of Living River Siam, one of the groups that assisted the villagers. "The dam's construction in Laos will cause an impact in Thailand, and Thai authorities have not taken any action required by the constitution to study the impact."
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