Laos chided for ‘Selling’ dam project

November 12th, 2013 , The Phnom Penh Post

An environmental group has hit out at the Lao government for organising a tour of the proposed Don Sahong hydropower dam site, saying it should not be trying to “sell” a project that has not been regionally approved. …

Other NGOs have also warned of the impacts of the dam – which Laos has vowed to start building this month – on the Mekong River and Cambodians who depend on it. …

Shane Worrell
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/laos-chided-%E2%80%98selling%E2%80%99-dam-project

Laos seeks to soothe neighbors over Mekong dam

November 10th, 2013 , Xinhuanet News

Laos is taking steps to convince neighboring countries of the merits of the planned Don Sahong hydropower project over Mekong River.

Lao government officials organized a site visit on Sunday and Monday so that interested parties could see the site first-hand and get a sense of the natural and social environment of the project area in the far south of Champassak province, some 700 km south of Lao capital Vientiane. …

More than 100 people are visiting the site of the 723.1 million U.S. dollars project. Plans call for the group to travel by boat to the dam site and walk along the channels through the Siphandone area where the Mekong River flows into Cambodia. …

Delegations from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and representatives from MRC development partners, non-governmental organizations ( NGOs), independent organizations and regional media outlets were invited to take part.

The site visit aims to demonstrate that the dam will not be built on the Mekong mainstream, and that Laos is complying with the 1995 Mekong Agreement on sustainable development. The aim of the visit is to provide accurate information regarding Laos’ decision to develop the project and to gather feedback, said the report. …

Some foreign media and environmental activists said Laos is in violation of the 1995 Mekong Agreement as it failed to conduct prior consultation with downstream neighbors before giving the project the go-ahead. Deputy Minister of Energy and Mines, Viraphonh Viravong, said Laos did not breach the 1995 agreement because it does not regard Hou Sahong as part of the Mekong mainstream. …

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-11/10/c_132876218.htm

Damning revelations

August 5th, 2011 , The Phnom Penh Post

An environmental group has accused the Lao government of “unilaterally” pushing forward with construction on the controversial US$3.8 billion Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River, despite serious concerns about the project and an incomplete regional decision-making process.  In a statement released yesterday,  conservation group International Rivers said that a field visit to the proposed dam site late last month revealed that construction on an access road and work-camp was proceeding in spite of commitments from Laos to temporarily suspend the project. The release also stated that a meeting of the four lower Mekong countries – Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam – in Phnom Penh today to discuss further steps in the Mekong River Commission’s consultation process had been postponed “without explanation”.  

(By Mary Kozlovksi, pg.1)
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011080550883/National-news/damning-revelations.html