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Isan activists accuse Thai junta of siding with gas corporation

An environmental conservation group in Isan, Thailand’s Northeast, says that the Thai junta are siding with an oil and gas corporation to plunder resources and urges the US government to take action against the multinational petroleum company.

Na Mun-Dun Sat Conservation Group, an Isan environmental group, on Tuesday morning, 12 October 2015, rallied in front of the US Embassy in Bangkok and submitted a letter to embassy staff, urging the US government to hold Apico (Khorat) Limited, a US-based oil and gas exploration company, accountable.

By Prachatai

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, November 26, 2015

Prachatai

An environmental conservation group in Isan, Thailand’s Northeast, says that the Thai junta are siding with an oil and gas corporation to plunder resources and urges the US government to take action against the multinational petroleum company.

Na Mun-Dun Sat Conservation Group, an Isan environmental group, on Tuesday morning, 12 October 2015, rallied in front of the US Embassy in Bangkok and submitted a letter to embassy staff, urging the US government to hold Apico (Khorat) Limited, a US-based oil and gas exploration company, accountable.

The group pointed out in the statement that since the 2014 coup d’état, the junta has made it easier for the company carry out its operations.

“Since the coup on 22 May 2014, public agencies have been giving many advantages to Apico (Khorat) Company to carry out drilling, which has occurred at a much faster pace” said the group’s statement. “This is against many principles of Thai law.”

Since last year, the group has been campaigning against controversial drilling in a potential field called Dongmun located in Kranuan District of the northeastern province of Khon Kaen at the border with Kalasin Province.

Read more at Prachatai

Image: Na Mun-Dun Sat Conservation Group rallying in front of the US Embassy in Bangkok on 13 October 2015

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