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Lao dam lawsuit failure shows need to revise cross-border deals

On 17 August, the Thai Supreme Administrative Court ruled to dismiss a lawsuit, filed by 37 Thai villagers against five Thai state agencies for their role in approving the Xayaburi hydropower dam’s Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).Filed 10 years ago, the Xayaburi lawsuit was the first community-filed ...

Phairin Sohsai

Thai Court Shoots Down 10-year-old Case Against Laos’s Xayaburi Dam

The Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand dismissed a decade-long case by activists, which claimed that the power purchase by Thailand’s Electricity Generating Authority (EGAT) from Laos’s Xayaburi Dam was causing significant harm to the environment and the livelihoods of people residing along the Mekong River. ...

Amrita Paul

Laos’s Controversial Xayaburi Dam on Mekong River Begins Operations

The Xayaburi dam, the first of five planned large Mekong river mainstream dams in Laos, officially began operations Tuesday, setting in motion the first major cog in the country’s ambitious but controversial plan to become the “battery of Southeast Asia.”The dam, which began construction in ...

RFA’s Lao Service

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