Greenpeace calls for cancellation of the proposed coal-fired power plants in Prachuab Khiri Khan

Press release - October 2, 2000
Greenpeace Southeast Asia is again voicing concerns to the Thai government who will soon schedule a Cabinet Meeting to discuss whether or not to proceed with the Bor Nok and Hin Krood power plant projects in Prachuab Khiri Khan province.

Greenpeace Southeast Asia is again voicing concerns to the Thai government who will soon schedule a Cabinet Meeting to discuss whether or not to proceed with the Bor Nok and Hin Krood power plant projects in Prachuab Khiri Khan province.

The government of Thailand must cancel these coal-fired power plant projects because of the environmental impact on farming, fishing and tourism affecting village livelihood in the province. There is also some evidence that the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) were inaccurate and misleading, not highlighting, for example, the healthy coral reefs around the site as well as the very real prospect of toxic ash accumulation on the flora and fauna in the Sam Roi Yod National Park near the Bor Nok site.

Umaporn Sumarlan, Energy Campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia stated that "ASEAN countries have a large potential for renewable energies, including solar, wind, bio-mass, micro-hydro and geothermal which the Thai government should consider."

In August 2000, Greenpeace attempted to stop the projects by submitting letters to the Thai Government through Thai Embassies from other countries.

Greenpeace calls on the Government of Thailand to heed people's concerns about the environmental impacts from these projects. The Government of Thailand must learn from the mistakes developed countries have made and reject dirty energy technology in favour of cleaner renewable energies and energy efficiency technology.

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