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The Supreme Administrative Court has rejected a request from Songkhla residents demanding it nullify the National Environment Board's (NEB) approval of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on the Thai-Malaysian gas pipeline project. 

Seventeen residents, led by Kittipop Suthisawang, sued the NEB's expert panel in 2004 for illegally approving the project EIA which allowed Trans Thai-Malaysia Ltd to construct the pipeline in the southern province.

The plaintiffs said the NEB approved the assessment despite rejecting a social impact assessment and mitigation plan submitted by the developer. This made the approval process incomplete.

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