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Myanmar: In harm's way - A proposed pipeline in Myanmar has farmers worried about their land and human rights activists up in arms

The Indian government is proposing the construction of a pipeline running from the Shwe gas fields 20 miles off Myanmar's coast overland to India...experts say gas could begin pumping by 2009...The field is being developed by South Korea's Daewoo International...which has a 60% stake in the operation. India's ONGC Videsh, a subsidiary of state-owned Oil & Natural Gas Corp., owns 20%. The two remaining 10% stakes belong to the Gas Authority of India and Korean Gas...David Mathieson, a researcher at Human Rights Watch...argues that in addition to abuses that may take place along the route of the future pipeline, profits accruing to the military regime will help it solidify its hold on power. "Where do you think that the money is going to go?" he says. "It's not going to education or health programs - it's going to the military to build a better command-and-control center to repress the population."...[also refers to Unocal (part of Chevron)]