Unfortunately, it seems that the situation is only going to get worse.
Chinese coal company activities have caused hardship for villagers who have yet to see any compensation.
Across the northeast, several forest communities are resisting eviction from land that they claim has been theirs for generations.
A neurology professor at Chulalongkorn Hospital and a vocal campaigner against the use of the three farm chemicals, confirmed that he and another researcher have been intimidated over their support for the ban.
The Lao Government says the project is expected to begin in 2020 and finish in 2027, the year the commercial operation is also set to begin. The generated energy may be sold to Thailand and/or Viet Nam.
Od Sayavong is a vocal advocate on human rights, corruption, and environmental issues in the Lao PDR, a country with a track record of arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances.
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Local residents also say runoff from the Shan state plant is polluting local water supplies, and gas emissions are polluting the air.