Khon Kaen Province, Thailand, November 24, 2015
An environment conservation group in Isan, Northern Thailand, has requested the court to halt petroleum drilling.
About 30 village activists opposing drilling in a potential petroleum field called Dongmoon located in Kranuan District of the northeastern province of Khon Kaen at the border with Kalasin Province on Tuesday, 6 October 2015, requested Khon Kaen Provincial Administrative Court to hold an emergency hearing to halt the drilling operation.
The activists, who call themselves the Na Moon-Doon Sat Conservation Group, want Apico (Korat) Limited, a US-based oil and gas exploration company which received a concession to carry out petroleum drilling in the area, to stop running tests on petroleum deposits in the area for a second time, saying that it goes against conditions stated in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
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Image: About 30 activists from Na Moon-Doon Sat Conservation Group marching to Khon Kaen Administrative Court on 6 October 2015 (courtesy of Na Moon-Doon Sat Conservation Group Facebook page)