WWF Exposes Seven Sins of Dam Building

Posted on 22 March 2013 Gland/Berlin – On World Water Day, WWF criticizes dam projects worldwide that continue to violate fundamental sustainability criteria. In the WWF report, “Seven Sins of Dam Building,” numerous dam projects under construction or planned are given a failing review by the conservation organization. Aside from the internationally controversial Belo Monte (Brazil) … Continue reading

Manthorpe: Laos’ Mekong River Hydro Dam Riles Neighbors

BY JONATHAN MANTHORPE, VANCOUVER SUN  JANUARY 20, 2013 Photograph by: NAMAS BHOJANI , BLOOMBERG NEWS   Laos’ determination to become “the battery of Southeast Asia” by building a cascade of hydro-electric dams on the Mekong River is meeting growing alarm and resistance from not only neighboring countries, but also foreign governments funding the river’s management organization. There was … Continue reading

Vietnam and Cambodia hit back at landmark Laos dam

Published: Friday, Jan 18, 2013, 13:45 IST Place: Bangkok | Agency: Reuters Vietnam urged Laos to halt construction of a $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 … Continue reading

Laos Dam Kicks Off Controversial Mekong Plans | The WSJ

By BEN OTTO XAYABURI, Laos—The tiny, landlocked country of Laos is pushing ahead with a controversial project to dam the lower reaches of the Mekong River, signaling that years of consultations with neighboring countries have reached their end. The effort is part of what Laos’s deputy energy minister said is a plan to triple hydroelectric production … Continue reading

Second Mekong Dam Awaits Nod

2012-10-18 AFP A Lao energy official says construction on the Pak Beng dam is pending approval from the government. A stretch of the Mekong River near Pak Beng in Laos near the Thai border, Oct. 16, 2009. Developers of a second dam proposed on the Mekong River in Laos have completed the design and impact assessment … Continue reading

Xayaburi Hydro Project on Schedule, Energy Ministry Says

Watcharapong Thongrung The Nation August 25, 2012 1:00 am File photo of a hydropower in Laos The Xayaburi hydropower project is on schedule to begin supplying electricity in 2019, as the Laotian government has given no written notice of its cancellation or postponement, said Norkun Sitthiphong, permanent secretary of the Thai Energy Ministry. The Xayaburi hydropower … Continue reading

Laos Mekong Dam Opponents Take Case to Court

Daniel Schearf August 07, 2012 Tourists and gamblers disembark a boat on the Mekong River near the Thai port of Chiang Saen in the Golden Triangle region where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Burma meet January 14, 2012. BANGKOK — Thai opponents of a hydropower dam planned for the Mekong River in Laos are … Continue reading

The Mekong River: Lies, Dams and Statistics

Jul 26th 2012, 8:55 by T.F. | XAYABURI and VIENTIANE A DENSE cloud of diplomatic doublespeak hangs over the turbid waters of the Mekong. An amazing week of conflicting statements, stark contradictions and confusion has made everything about the site of a controversial dam project at Xayaburi, in northern Laos, as clear as mud. The Mekong, … Continue reading

Thailand won’t veto construction of dam

November 2, 2011 Thailand will not oppose construction of the Xayaburi dam in Laos but Vientiane must take responsibility if the project causes any environmental damage, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk says. Mr Preecha yesterday said Thailand was treating the project as an internal affair of Laos which Bangkok had no right to … Continue reading