The Northeast is sitting on massive deposits of potash and rock salt. As Thai and foreign investors are preparing to dig up this treasure, local communities worry about an environmental crisis, writes guest contributor Bamphen Chairak.
Fearing an environmental crisis that could end their traditional way of life, a local protest group in Sakon Nakhon is fighting against a Chinese mining project.
Chinese efforts to obtain a cheap source of a crop-boosting mineral are raising fears of an environmental crisis among farming communities in Thailand.
The Isaan Record06/30/2019
Communities in Sakon Nakhon province fear China’s investment in potash mining could imperil agriculture and the environment. A photo story by Visarut Sankham.
A young woman is drawn into activism to defend her home in Loei Province against a gold mining project.
The Isaan Record12/12/2018
The push for industrial farming, biomass power plants, and the extraction of minerals, gas and oil in the Northeast may carry a high price tag for the environment and local communities, warned speakers at a public forum in Ubon Ratchathani this month.
The Isaan Record10/31/2018
Villagers in Loei have fought a decade-long battle against a gold mine that they claim has poisoned the land around them. Their ongoing protest to the mine has cost the community both time and money. But the efforts of a weaving cooperative has alleviated their financial burdens substantially. Last Saturday, villagers celebrated the opening of a new weaving center.
The Isaan Record08/31/2018
The Criminal Court in Bangkok is set to reopen a defamation case against journalists that reported on a controversial gold mining site in Loei Province.
The Isaan Record05/21/2018
The trial against four Thai PBS journalists for a news report on a gold mine in Loei Province continues after Thailand’s Appeal Court overturned an earlier ruling.