Laos: Developers continue dam projects despite govt. suspension order following recent dam disaster
Author: Radio Free Asia, Published on: 16 August 2018
"Developers Press Ahead With Dams, Despite Lao Order to Halt New Hydropower Projects", 16 August 2018
Developers of two proposed hydropower projects in Laos are pressing ahead with plans to build the mega-dams on the Mekong River, despite a recent order by the government to halt new dam investments following a deadly breach in July that killed 35 people and displaced thousands.
...Pak Lay hydropower project in northwestern Laos’ Xayaburi province...have not been informed by provincial authorities that they should stop their work.
...Pak Beng hydropower project...also have not received an order from provincial authorities....
...Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith ordered hydropower developers to suspend consideration of new investments in dam projects pending review of the government’s hydropower development strategy and plans, and ordered all existing and future dam operators to submit regular safety reports.
...Chinese-backed mega-dams will be built because Chinese companies to date have always received approval for such projects.