(June 15, 1998) Once upon a time, a beautiful maiden forced by her parents to marry a slimy python leapt into the Mekong River. But her suicide bid failed. She was transformed into a dolphin. Only the aging still relate this legend, and only they remember the days when thousands of these creatures with a square, human-like face and perpetual smile plied Cambodia’s waters.
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(June 15, 1998) Fourteen Thai non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have called on Thailand’s Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai to reject consideration of Thailand’s purchase of electricity from the proposed Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project, in a letter sent on 10 June 1998.
(June 14, 1998) The Australian construction firm, Transfield, is confronting a dilemma familiar to many companies operating in Asia: should it weather the current economic crisis, or get out. The "out" option must be looking highly preferable for Transfield as it views the massive dam project it is involved with in central Laos.
Chapter 10 of The River Dragon Has Come!
History is repeating itself as foreign financiers consider new loans for the Senegal River project in West Africa, a grand plan to generate electriciy, irrigate agricultural land, and aid navigation.
(May 28, 1998) Canada is spending millions of tax-dollars to influence Thai schoolchildren that nuclear power is good for the cash-strapped Southeast Asian country.
(May 25, 1998) Energy shortages have forced the Government to fast-track the construction of $230 million 259MW Se San 3 Hydropower project in the south of the country.
(May 23, 1998) HA NOI-Viet Nam’s biggest hydroelectric power plant at Hoa Binh has been forced to reduce its output because water levels in its feeder reservoir have fallen below the 80m dead water mark. This is the first time the Hoa Binh plant has had to cut its operations since it opened in 1988.
(May 22, 1998) The current call for international debt cancellation is welcome, but debt does not just go away.
Construction has started on the Three Gorges dam! Help us stop the destruction before its too late.
Probe International has always argued that the dam builders would meet their real test when the first shovel hit the ground. Today, in Yangste River valley, the earth and the people are fighting back.
(May 1, 1998) You could call this the height of error. One of the largest hydro-electric projects of the country is stuck for the last four years because Government agencies made crucial errors while calculating the height of the dam.
(May 1, 1998) THE Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) has decided to postpone power purchases from Laos’ six major power projects with a combined capacity of 2,963 megawatts by at least one year from the original schedule of 2006. This follows a significant downward revision of Thailand’s power demand projections.
(May 1, 1998) Governor Kongsak Liewmanorom yesterday opposed the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant in the province and called for a public hearing before any decision is made.
Probe International had always argued that the dam builders would meet their real test when the first shovel hit the ground. Today, in the Yangtze River valley, the earth and the people are fighting back.