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Thai Cabinet approves pipeline
- Subject: Thai Cabinet approves pipeline
- From: strider@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 07 May 1996 07:24:00
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Date: Tue, 7 May 1996 07:24:19 -0700 (PDT)
The Southeast Asian Information Network (SAIN) received the following
information this evening.
At its 7th May Cabinet meeting the Thai Government today gave endorsement
of the Petroleum Authority of Thailand to operate the 16,500 million baht
Gas Pipeline Project from Burma as proposed by the Industry Ministry.
The Cabinet has given the exemption to lay the pipeline passing through
an A-1 watershed area and also approved in principle to compensate the
villagers not holding the legal title deeds and living along the pipeline
route. Exemption of counter trade for the project was also approved.
The Petroleum Authority of Thailand has signed the contract with Burma to
purchase the natural gas from Yadana Field by which the operation will
start on July 1998.
PRESS RELEASE. GOVERNMENT HOUSE.
The A-1 class watershed that the release refers to is the highest
classification you can have for a watershedin Thailand. This area is also
sheduled to become Tanaosri National Park. Also in the area are wildlife
sanctuaries, and forest reserves which will make this part of the Western
forest complex the largest conservation area in Mainland Asia
Unlike Burma, Thailand has conducted an EIA though there are many
disturbing reports of inefficiency coming through related to the
investigation. The EIA has been submitted three times for review and
three times it has been sent back.
SAIN and Earthrights International are currently compiling a new report
on the pipeline project and we will ensure you are updated and informed
as to what this decision means for the Thai side of the project.