Chemical containers washing activities threaten to pollute water sources in Sikhio, Thailand
14 February 2022 | Compiled by EARTH
A recent scoop by The EXIT ThaiPBS news team explored the chemical containers washing activities in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima or Korat, Thailand. Many of the containers are similar to those used in industrial factories.
After more than 200 oil spills in 50 years, here’s how Thailand can clean up its act
Thai PBS World 12 February 2022
Two recent oil spills off Rayong province are just the latest in a long line of similar disasters in Thai seas. Records reveal that more than 200 oil spills have occurred over the past five decades, with little apparently being done to tighten regulations, restore the environment or compensate locals for the damage to their livelihoods.
Environmental Experts Investigate Toxic E-waste Dump in Kalasin
BANGKOK, PRAGUE; 09 February 2022 | ARNIKA, EARTH
An international team of experts are investigating the industrial hot spots in Khok Sa-ad sub district, Kalasin province. The area is infamous for Thailand’s largest e-waste dump, where scrap from all over the world was formerly collected. The toxic pollution is even enhanced by local dubious dismantling and recycling sites affecting its wider vicinity, including poor local communities. Environmentalists from Arnika, EARTH, and the local administrative organisation are collecting samples for analysis of toxic chemicals.
Impact of Rayong oil spill will take more than a decade to overcome, say locals
The Nation 05 February 2022
Local fishermen are worried that the oil spill in Rayong will have a far-reaching impact on the marine ecosystem, especially since the area is still struggling from the aftermath of the 2013 disaster. Weerasak Kongnarong, president of the Rayong fishermen association, said earlier this week that the wind and waves are pushing the slick toward Koh Samet, and it will take at least 20 years for the damage to be mitigated. He said just using dispersant chemicals is not enough.
Community hardships in the wake of oil spill
EARTH REPORT 02 Febuary 2022
Voices from the subaltern - fisherfolks of Laem Rung Ruang cape, Rayong, Thailand, speak of the economc hardships they face in the wake of an oil spill in the gulf of Thailand
"No government agencies has come to see us... the company has not come to investigate the impact... the company told us to go submit complaints... but this is time of emergency. It shouldn't be our job right now to run around and ask for help. We're just fisherfolks."
Public Forum: Oil Spill Incident (Again)
Tuesday 1 Febuary 2022, at 1.00-3.30 pm.
Thai Climate Justice for All (TCJA) in collaboration with the Ecological Alert abd Recovery - Thailand (EARTH) and Greenpeace Thailand will hold a forum to discuss about the oil spill incident in Reyong after the oil leaked from an underwater pipeline in the eastern coast of Thailand and continues to wash ashore and blacken the sand, threatening the marine ecosystem and the local communities.
Odor Complaints by Community ignored for two years
EARTH REPORT 12 January 2022
A housing estate community in southeast Bangkok still affected by foul smell from waste factory, after two years of continuous complaints.
NGO Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH) conducted preliminary exploration and environmental monitoring of an area affected by a Mechanical-Biological Treatment (MBT) waste factory, after locals complained of chronic foul smell.
COSCO Shipping Line Called Upon to Stop Illegal and Harmful Exports of Plastic Waste
Shipping giant found exporting German plastic wastes to Turkey and Vietnam
Seattle, WA. January 6, 2022. Following the seizure of 37 containers of German plastic waste from the COSCO ship COSCO PRIDE in Piraeus Greece late last year, 52 non-governmental organizations have sent a letter to the Chairman of COSCO Global to stop their exports of plastic waste.
Court fees exempted for citizens suing factory for pollution
EARTH REPORT 15 December 2021
NONG PHAWA, RAYONG – The Rayong Provincial court granted court fees exemption for Nong Phawa locals suing a recycling company for polluting local water.
Thai trash collectors threatened by continued waste imports
Surging imports of plastic waste have put a strain on the livelihoods of Thailand’s informal trash collectors
China Dialogue 08 December 2021 | Luke Duggleby
Throughout September, hundreds of garbage collectors from Thailand’s Saleng and Recycle Trader Association (SRTA) gathered in Bangkok to protest outside government offices against the continued import of foreign waste.