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Environmental Impact Assessment of the Krabi coal plant is rejected

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Call for climate justice at a protest. Creative Commons: niekverlaan, 2014

The Environmental Impact Assessment of the Klong Rua coal seaport and coal-fired power plant project in Krabi, Thailand, was rejected last week, amid fierce protests against the project.

The report was deemed misleading and incomplete.

The announcement followed sit-ins, die-ins and petitions, from the pressure group Protect Krabi Network, calling for the project to be rejected.

The statement from the PKN said that the report “does not present comprehensive information, nor does it incorporate all concerns from every sector”.

The scheduled EIA looked into the plans to build a 870-Megawatt coal fired power plant and seaport in Krabi

The Protect Krabi Network is the most vocal critical voice against the proposed plans to build the plant and to reform the EIA.

They argued the Thai government’s EIA is flawed as it failed to be transparent in its assessment and said that it does not provide complete information taking on board all of the concerns about the plans.

Furthermore, the network has criticised the report’s lack of public participation in the decision-making.

This is particularly important because of the environmental and health ensuing implications if the project were to go ahead.

Mr. Somnuek Krodsua, a representative from Protect Krabi Network said:

Krabi River Estuary is a marine diversity hotspot and is a source of food for local communities. There are around 400 local fishing boats from Klong Ruo and nearby fishing catchment areas in Laem Hin, Pu Island, Jum Island and Sriboya Island. The wide variety of quality seafood, including prawns, shellfish, and crab also provides income and employment for local communities in the area, as some of this seafood is sold in Bangkok.

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