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Group against oil exploration give out leaflets in Maenam

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Group against oil exploration give out leaflets in Maenam | Samui Times

On August 19th a group concerned about the environment on Samui, Phangan and Koh Tao, lead by Coordinator Mr. Anon Vathayanon, gave out leaflets in the Maenam area as part of their campaign against oil exploration in the Gulf of Thailand.

The group wants to raise public awareness of the negative impact of oil exploration in the gulf and is urging hotels and business owners to back the campaign to stop exploration.

Business owners in Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan face the risk of losing their investments if oil washed up on their shores and the oil spill in Koh Samet has highlighted the risk even further. Currently four concessions have been granted for oil exploration in the area, the furthest being only 65 kilometers from Koh to, while another, operated by Coastal Energy Co is about 40km away from the shores of Koh Samui and Khanom.

Even during the exploration stage there is a risk of an oil leak. Koh Samets initial leak was 24km way but the spill hit Ao Phrao overnight. In Samui it would only take two days for a similar spill to destroy the beaches.

75% of the annual revenue of Samui comes from tourism and an oil spill would push many of the businesses to the brink of bankruptcy, not to mention the harm that would be done to the marine life, a cost that could not be measured in baht.

Story by Ann Kwanta

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