Thai tourist association sues for oil spill damages
13 August 2014
According to The Nation, a Thai tourist association has started a Bt1 billion ($31m) lawsuit against PTT Global Chemical for damages caused by the 50,000 litres of oil that leaked from a subsidiary’s pipeline off Raphong province in July last year. The oil spill reached Ao Phrao on the island of Koh Samet days later.
The spill forced Ao Phrao to close to the public for months, causing serious economic losses for local tourism operators, the association claims. Ongoing environmental damage could also take 10 years to clear up, it says.
The Mu Koh Samet Tourism Association, which has more than 70 members, is accusing PTTGC of violating environmental laws and also asked the court to order the defendant to draw up short-term and long-term plans to eliminate contaminants from the environment.
The Civil Court will hold a hearing on September 22 to look into the case.
The association said it took the matter to court after several rounds of negotiations with PTT representatives failed to deliver any satisfactory results.