Move to stop wetlands port plans
- Published: 30 Oct 2013 at 09.30
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A group of Chachoengsao residents has asked the Administrative Court to revoke permits granted to a private firm to build ports and factories on Bang Pakong wetland.
The residents, from the Paed Rew Sustainable Town Assembly and the Bang Pakong River Basin Group, on Tuesday submitted the petition to Rayong Administrative Court.
It asked the court to revoke construction permits granted by the director of the Harbour Master's Office Region 6 and the president of the Tambon Sanamchan Administration Organisation to Eastern TPK Capital Co.
The permits are for the proposed construction of six ports and 35 buildings on the wetland in the Bang Pakong River of Chachoengsao's Ban Pho district.
The residents and activists raised questions over the transparency of the project's environmental impact assessment study and asked for public hearings to be held to gauge the views of locals.
They said the project would harm the local ecological system and asked the court to issue an injunction to halt the work until the case is finalised. The area has been declared a wetland of national importance under a cabinet resolution.
The residents claimed the permits were issued illegally because authorities failed to instruct the company to conduct an environmental and health impact assessment and that the public hearing process was also bypassed.