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Save Mong Kok from Coal

By Hark Mong Kok  •  July 20, 2011

The Italian-Thai Power Company has entered into agreements with the Burmese military regime to develop an open-pit coal mine and power plant at Mong Kok in eastern Shan State, to export both coal and power to Thailand.

A 40-meter wide corridor will be cleared for high voltage power lines, causing thousands of acres of farmlands and forest to be cleared on both sides of the border.

  • Farmers will lose lands with little or no compensation.
  • Forests will be destroyed, increasing flooding and erosion and destroying wildlife habitat.
  • Danger of increased cancer rates for communities living near high voltage power lines.
  • In Burma, land mines are laid to protect power lines, and villagers are forced to take security for them.

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