Gay Pride march halted
by red shirt militants
Red shirted demonstrators from the Rak
Chiang Mai 51 group tangle with police as they try to halt the Gay Pride march
in Chiang Mai, Saturday, February 21.
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EGAT loses pollution lawsuit - heavy damages awarded to plaintiffs
Five hundred Lampang-based plaintiffs in a pollution lawsuit brought against the
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), crowded into Chiang Mai’s
Administrative Court on February 25 to hear judgement passed in favour of their
claim. The presiding judge, Jeerapat Klomsakul, stated that the respiratory
diseases of all plaintiffs in 19 separately filed cases were caused by dispersal
operations and leaks of pollutants at EGAT’s lignite mine.
According to the judgement, since 1954 EGAT had operated the mine in a manner
that neglected the law, the effects of the mine’s operation on the environment,
and the effects of the pollution caused on people in the surrounding
communities. Jeerapat noted that quantities of sulphur dioxide at concentrations
as high as double the legal limit were released 279 times during a period of 5
years and 7 months. Local residents affected have not yet completely recovered,
and will require regular medical attention.
The immediate area has accumulated a significant amount of pollution, which is
not yet cleared, and may cause further damage to residents’ health.