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April 27, 2011

Coping with Expanded Environmental Regulation


Last year, around the same time as Thailand’s “Red Shirt” crisis, another crisis was under way. Of course, we are referring to Map Ta Phut, a thoroughly industrialized municipality which became the geographic focus of litigation over various government entities’ compliance with environmental provisions in the constitution. Though the lawsuit was against government agencies and people, the resulting gridlock halted the progression of some 76 industrial projects that had already been approved pursuant to then-current procedures. Foreign and Thai companies in many countries were impacted by this impasse.

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