Laos Denies Breaking Ground On Controversial Dam

Law360, New York (July 6, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT) -- Laos officials said Thursday they are not pushing ahead with a controversial mega-dam that is still waiting for approval from neighboring countries, contradicting reports from environmentalists that construction is underway, but shedding little light on if or when the $3.7 billion project might get off the ground.

Laotian Deputy Energy Minister Viraphonh Viravong told the Vientiane Times, a local media outlet, that the Xayaburi dam would not go ahead without addressing concerns of its neighbors or environmental groups, who say the 1,280-megawatt power plant would damage...
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