PM, others sued over Mae Wong Dam
- Published: 24/07/2012 at 01:09 PM
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The Stop Global Warming Association and 151 people representing environmental groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit with the Central Administrative Court asking it to nullify the cabinet resolution of April 10 to approve the construction of Mae Wong Dam.
The lawsuit says the approval for the construction of the dam in the Mae Wong National Park in Nakhon Sawan province with a fund of 13,280 million baht, with a construction period of eight years (2012-2020), did not properly follow legal procedures.
Named defendants in the case are Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the cabinet, the director-general of the Royal Irrigation Department, and the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives.
According to the lawsuit, the proposed construction of the dam is a clear violation of the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act of 1992. The dam, if built, could lead to the death or even extinction of wildlife species.
The dam would not help prevent flooding as claimed, but would be a disaster for natural resources and the environment.
The court is also asked to order the defendants to hold a public referendum to gauge the people's opinions and prepare an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report as required by the law.
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