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Thailand: National Environment Board rejects impact assessment of Asia Pacific Resources potash mine - requires further information on environmental & social effects

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24 January 2006

Board rejects EIA [environmental impact assessment] report on potash mine - Villagers against mining project [Thailand]

Author: Preeyanat Phanayanggoor Surasak Glahan, Bangkok Post

The National Environment Board has rejected the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on a controversial potash mine in Udon Thani and ordered the firm investing in the project to add more information on environmental and social impacts that the multi-billion-baht underground mine operations could cause... [The] mining company, Asia Pacific Potash Corporation (APPC) [part of Asia Pacific Resources], threatened to sue the government if the project is not approved within two years time, as it has already invested heavily in the mining project.

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24 January 2006

Canadian envoy invited to Udon [Thailand]

Author: Vincent MacIsaac, Nation [Thailand]

Canadian Ambassador Denis Comeau has been invited to spend the night in a village in Udon Thani by one of the leaders of a group protesting against a Canadian company’s attempt to mine beneath them. Somyot Nikam said he was disappointed that not a single embassy official had visited the villagers during their five-year protest against Asia Pacific Potash Corp (APPC)’s [part of Asia Pacific Resources] effort to build Thailand’s first large-scale underground mine... APPC management has said that any potential environmental damage from the project can be prevented. The mine will create jobs in the area and greatly benefit the national economy, it says.

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