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  1. News - Asia - LAOS

    Experts renew quake fears over Xayaburi dam on Mekong River in Laos

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 10:12pm by Tom Fawthrop

    ... fears at Laos dam Earthquake experts have renewed concerns about the potential for a seismic disaster hitting the massive Xayaburi dam, which is well under construction on the Mekong River in a quake-prone location in Laos. Geologist Dr Punya Charusiri of Chulalungkorn University in Bangkok said: "The Xayaburi dam poses a potential danger because there are active faults close to the dam ...

  2. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Controversial Mekong dam could devastate local population

    Posted Sep 13th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... Tom Fawthrop in Xayaburi, Laos Concerns again raised that the controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River will threaten the livelihoods of tens of millions Mekong dam could devastate local life Environmentalists are again raising concerns about the controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River, saying efforts to make the project in Laos more "fish friendly" ...

  3. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Laos agrees to tighter scrutiny of second Mekong River dam by neighbours

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 11:45pm by BLOOM

    ... on the Xayaburi dam, the first barrage Laos is building on the river, Vietnam said the "limited timeframe of the prior consultation was not adequate to facilitate the achievement of the process' ... Bloomberg in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City Laos allows tighter scrutiny of Mekong dam Laos has agreed to open a proposed hydropower project along the Mekong River to further scrutiny from ...

  4. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Finnish firm Poyry defends role in approval of massive dam in Laos

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... that concluded the Xayaburi dam project was in compliance with Laos' obligations to fellow members of the Mekong River Commission, the international body that oversees the crucial waterway. Otto ... in the region." This month, Poyry Energy was awarded a new contract to supervise the Xayaburi dam's design and engineering over the eight-year construction period. The contract prompted accusations ...

  5. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Vietnam and Cambodia hit back at landmark Laos dam

    Posted Jan 18th 2013, 04:42pm

    ... Reuters in Bangkok Mekong River countries called for halt to Xayaburi hydropower project Vietnam urged Laos to halt construction of a US$3.5 billion hydropower dam pending further study, environmental activists said on Friday after a meeting of the Mekong River Commission. The activists said Cambodia, also downriver from the Xayaburi dam, accused Laos during heated discussions ...

  6. News - Asia - LAOS

    US urges Laos to address mega dam concerns

    Posted Nov 06th 2012, 06:00pm by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... and severity of impacts from the Xayaburi dam on an ecosystem that provides food security and livelihoods for millions are still unknown.” Laotian deputy energy minister Viraphonh Viravong earlier told ... Agence France-Presse in Washington The United States urged caution on Monday on plans by Laos to build a multibillion-dollar dam that has raised environmental concerns from neighbouring ...

  7. News - Asia - LAOS

    Vietnam drops objections to Laos dam on Mekong

    Posted Nov 08th 2012, 06:27pm by Associated Press in Hanoi

    ... Associated Press in Hanoi Vietnam has apparently dropped its objections to a dam that Laos is constructing on the Mekong River, saying on Thursday that the neighbouring country has made changes in the design to mitigate any negative downstream impact. Laos officials reportedly said this week that construction of the Xayaburi dam was going ahead, and they took several journalists ...

  8. News - Asia - ENVIRONMENT

    Laos' construction of barrage triggers Mekong crisis

    Posted Jan 19th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Fawthrop

    ... to listen to objections to its controversial Xayaburi dam project. At a ministerial-level meeting of the commission this week, Cambodia and Vietnam criticised Laos for unilaterally pressing ahead ... to escalate". Thailand has supported the corporate interests involved in building and financing the Xayaburi dam, but it has also endorsed a call by Cambodia and Vietnam for an MRC scientific study ...

  9. News - Asia - LAOS

    Laos holds “groundbreaking” ceremony for contentious Mekong dam

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 03:15pm by Reuters in Xayaburi, Laos

    ... Reuters in Xayaburi, Laos Laos held a “groundbreaking” ceremony on Wednesday for a US$3.5 billion hydropower dam on the Mekong River that is opposed by environmentalists and some neighbouring countries because of the possible impact on livelihoods, fisheries and agriculture. But it was unclear when actual construction of the contentious Xayaburi dam would start, ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Laos may need incentive to stop building Mekong dam

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 12:00am by David Fullbrook

    ... and the yield is good. Those days, however, are coming to an end. Laos is building the Xayaburi hydroelectric dam to block the Mekong, despite promising its neighbours that share the river it would not. ... won't pay for Laotians to behave in one way, then those who covet electricity will pay for them to behave in another that could lead to more dams like the Xayaburi. It may not be pretty ...




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