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Oil exploration in the Gulf of Thailand

Mr Thonongsak Somwong of the Koh Samui Tourist Promotion Association revealed to press channel 3 that approval has been asked for oil exploration in the Gulf of Thailand around Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and the Angthong National Marine Park.  He is very concerned that looking for oil in this area could have disastrous results. He said that drilling a test hole, to look for oil, thirty five to forty meters deep could result in a flow of oil that would have a devastating effect on the area similar to the effect the oil spill has had in Rayong. He is calling for the Government to ban any exploration that, he thinks, could cause damage to the areas of Koh Samui,  Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and as far away as Khanom, Sichol and Thasala . The major attractions of the gulf of Thailand would be devastated he said.

Story by Ann Kwanta Taenchot

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