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Laos: Cancellation of Chinese coal co. concession eyed for failure to give villagers compensation for damage caused

"Provincial Official in Laos Wants to Cancel Concession for Chinese Coal Company", 2 October 2019

Officials for the local government in Laos’ Houaphanh province say they want to cancel the survey contract of a Chinese coal company after learning that its operations in the province have caused hardship for villagers who have yet to see any compensation.

The company reportedly damaged eight hectares of rice fields, even causing a landslide as a result of digging survey tunnels.

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Villagers in the affected area say they have not been compensated even though the digging has damaged their land.

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An official from Samneau district’s natural resources and environment office told RFA, “The company agreed to compensate affected villagers last year, but so far, nobody has received any money.”

In 2018, villagers submitted their complaints to the district and provincial authorities to find a solution, and there was a meeting with the company, but the problems have not yet been addressed, according the official.

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