Sunday, September 4, 2011

Controversial Dam Project in Mekong River in Laos Delayed

Laos has once again agreed to delay building a controversial dam, after concerns from neighbouring countries were voiced over the potential environmental impact of the project on the Mekong River.

The government of Laos, however, still want to use the power of the water to generate electricity and much needed income.

The government will hold talks discussing the potential trans-boundary impacts in a ministerial meeting in November, but in the meantime the preparations for the project are still well underway.

Around 500 workers from a Thai construction company have been building access roads and support facilities for the last 12 months.

Environmentalists claim the project will have a negative impact on surrounding communities, forcing people to relocate.

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