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Isan villagers ask court to halt petroleum drilling

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.

By Prachatai

Khon Kaen Province, Thailand, November 24, 2015

Prachatai

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)

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