Public hearing on controversial dam to be held in Ubon today

national November 10, 2014 01:00

By The Nation

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THE WATER Resources Department and the Mekong River Commission are holding a public hearing in Ubon Ratchathani today on the proposed Don Sahong hydropower plant located in southern Laos.

Director-general Jatuporn Burutphat said yesterday that officials from his department and the MRC will disclose information on the procedures for notification, prior consultation and agreement at the meeting at Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University. 
Important research data will be presented on fisheries, flow regimes and effects on the ecosystem. 
The public is concerned that this project might threaten biodiversity and the lifecycle of fish in the Mekong River, which would cause distress for the local fisheries industry. Some species were likely to be made extinct [if the dam goes ahead], he said. 
The Don Sahong site was proposed on a branch of the Mekong in the Siphandon area seven kilometres from the Cambodian border. 
The plant is designed with energy-generating capacity of 240-660 megawatts.