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Administrative court rules in favour of Egat over Xayaburi Dam

THE Administrative Court Friday dismissed complaints over the Xayaburi Dam against five state agencies. However, the 37 plaintiffs, from eight Mekong provinces, say they will appeal further.

The judge, who read the verdict, said the defendants had fully complied with their obligation according to the law, so the case was dismissed.

By Pratch Rujivanarom

Sainyabuli, Laos, January 19, 2016

The Nation

THE Administrative Court Friday dismissed complaints over the Xayaburi Dam against five state agencies. However, the 37 plaintiffs, from eight Mekong provinces, say they will appeal further.
The judge, who read the verdict, said the defendants had fully complied with their obligation according to the law, so the case was dismissed.

The villagers took a lawsuit against the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), the National Energy Policy Council, the Energy Ministry, Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and the Cabinet, four years ago.

Sor Rattanamanee Polkla, plaintiff lawyer from the Community Resource Centre, explained that the reasons for the court dismissing the case were the defendants strictly adhered to Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) and outlined the information properly according to the Office of the Prime Minister regulations.

“The court explained that the project fully complied with PNPCA procedures that require a public hearing on those who will affected by the project,” Sor Rattanamanee said.

“It was also stated that information on the power purchasing agreement between Egat and Xayaburi Power Ltd was disclosed on the government website.”

The case began in 2012, when people in eight provinces on the banks of the Mekong River – Chiang Rai, Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen and Ubon Ratchathani – became unhappy that Egat and other agencies had given approval for work to start on the Xayaburi Dam in Laos.

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