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Thailand: Soldiers, police secure equipment of oil-drilling firm Apico amid protest - includes company statement

Author: Chularat Saengpassa & Jitima Janphrom, Nation (Thailand), Published on: 17 February 2015

“Security deployed for oil-drilling firm”, 17 February 2015

Soldiers and police…[cleared] the way for drilling equipment to be taken on an oil well in the Northeast…to the anguish of protesting villagers.  Residents…oppose drilling by Apico (Khorat) in nearby Kalasin province because they believe the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the project was not conducted properly…[H]undreds of people…have been camping out for days along the road to block drilling gear being transported to the planned drill well…[A]bout 200 soldiers, police and volunteers appeared to ensure trucks carrying heavy equipment could pass through the protest to the drilling site…Apico (Khorat) has said it has proceeded in line with the law and already has a concession to operate in the area...

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