Sanakam dam anger grows

A conservation group has called for the scrapping of the Sanakam dam which is being built in Laos on the Mekong River two kilometres from Nan province.

The group urged Laos and neighbouring countries to embrace more ecological friendly renewable energy projects such as solar cells instead.

The Save the Mekong group on Tuesday demanded the Lao hydroelectric dam project be terminated because it would “cause environmental impacts and be no longer viable” especially when the world is “blessed with more environmentally friendly and cheaper energy” sources such as wind and solar.

“The proposed Sanakam dam is expensive, unnecessary and risky — and should be cancelled,” the group said.

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