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NGOs, Cambodia voice alarm at Lao decision to proceed with Don Sahong Dam

Cambodian officials vowed on 11 September to prevent neighbor Laos from going ahead with construction of the controversial Don Sahong dam without approval from fellow Mekong River basin countries that would be affected by the project. The Phnom Penh officials, as well as local and international non-governmental ...

Environment experts discuss dam dangers

Thirty-five experts from environmental organisations in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam gathered on 8 September to discuss water management and the effects of hydropower dams. They participated in a one-day seminar held in Vietnam’s Dong Thap Province in the Mekong Delta and discussed the impacts that dams ...

Green light for Mekong ‘time bomb’ sparks alarm

Environmental groups have expressed alarm at the Laotian National Assembly’s approval of the concession for the Don Sahong Dam project, which has been described as an “ecological time bomb” about to be dropped on the Mekong River. The Laotian government and the project’s developer, Malaysia’s MegaFirst ...

Laos officially approves controversial dam project

Laos’ parliament has approved the concession agreement for a controversial dam project, with construction expected to begin before the end of 2015, media sources reported earlier this week. Keep reading ...

Government calls for lower fuel prices

The government on 3 September asked fuel retailers to lower petroleum prices, so as to reflect the drop in global prices in the last few months. At a meeting chaired by Chhoun Dara, a secretary of state at the Commerce Ministry, oil companies were given a week ...

Vietnam cautious on plan to raise crude oil output for growth

While some officials have proposed an increase in Vietnam’s crude output to counter the falling oil prices and achieve an economic growth of 6.2 percent, the government is not yet sure if that is an optimal strategy.    The government will continue studying “all relevant factors” to ...

Don Sahong dam gets official approval

The Lao parliament has approved the concession agreement for the controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam and expects to begin construction before the end of the year, according to an official in Vientiane. Keep reading ...

Ministry reveals CSR history for country’s largest oil and gas firms

The corporate social responsibility (CSR) contributions made by international oil companies operating in Myanmar have been made public for the first time, with France’s Total E&P Myanmar at the top of the list. The Ministry of Energy (MoE) has released figures dating back to 1998, on ...

China oil rig to keep drilling in waters disputed with Vietnam

A Chinese oil rig at the center of last year’s standoff between China and Vietnam will continue drilling not far from Vietnam’s coast, China’s maritime safety authorities said on 25 August. The deployment of the $1 billion deepwater rig last year about 120 nautical miles off ...

Dams 'destroying Mekong fish stock'

Fishermen in delta and Northeast Thailand say dams in China and Laos have hit breeding and yields, forcing many to quit. Mekong River fishermen have already suffered dramatically from dams and irrigation works, which have decimated fish stocks and undermined livelihoods that supported families for generations.Nguyen Anh ...

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