Thailand: Mekong communities call on court to halt construction of Xayaburi Dam in Laos pending case resolution
“Mekong communities seek injunction on Xayaburi Dam deal”, 16 October 2014
A network of Thai people living in provinces along the Mekong River…lodged a petition with the Administrative Court in Bangkok, seeking an injunction on the power-purchasing agreement of the controversial Xayaburi hydro-power project in Laos. "Today's plea for an injunction follows the decision by Thailand's Supreme Administrative Court…to accept the network's right to bring a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Xayaburi Dam's purchasing agreement in Thailand, even though the project is located in Laos" said Sor Rattanamanee Polkla, a lawyer and coordinator from the Community Resource Centre. "Given the transboundary environmental and social risks associated with the project, all construction and further investment should be halted until the court has made a final decision," she said…The Supreme Administrative Court has already acknowledged the potential transboundary impacts of the Xayaburi Dam, ruling that: "the project may cause impacts to the environment, water quality and quantity, the flow of water, and the ecological balance of the Mekong basin as well as other transboundary impacts…"