Swedish-Indian lawyer and dive-instructor Aruna Singh protests a coal power plant on the tourist island Koh Lanta.
The Island of Koh Lanta and the Krabi province, in Thailand, are battling to save their beloved islands, their National Marine parks and their untouched coral reefs, from a Government Petrochemical Industrial Estate in the south of Thailand, The Swedish Wire reported.
A 800 MW Coal Plant is to be built in Krabi and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) plans to transport coal from Indonesia up into the Andaman sea into Koh Lanta, where there will be a coal dock.
A shipping lane, with 90 tankers a day, will be built and go right through the National Marine Parks of Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi Islands, up into the mangroves of Krabi and as a result totally ruining one of the most unique coral reefs and eco- systems in the whole world – The Phi Phi Island and Koh Ha Islands, as it is acknowledged that coal “accidently drops” from the barges into the sea.
“When the whole world is focusing on addressing alternative green energies, it is unacceptable that Thailand opts for coal as safe and clean energy as it is notoriously known that coal fly ash pollutes the air with highly toxic carcinogen agents such as arsenic, nickel, benzene, mercury and radiates into its surrounding environment more than a nuclear power,” The Swedish Wire wrote.
As EGAT never informed the locals on Koh Lanta and Krabi about the dangers of coal and consequently violated Thai Environmental Law, the Thai Constitution and the Rights of the People, locals request a new public hearing to voice their concern and say NO to Coal.
You can make your voice be heard by writing a comment on the following Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SayNoToKrabiCoalPowerPlant?fref=ts
Swedish-Indian Aruna Singh is a lawyer and dive-instructor based in Koh Lanta, Thailand. She also runs a Bed&Breakfast on the island together with her Thai husband.
Link to The Swedish Wire, here.