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Hundreds Protest Oil and Gas Companies in Tenasserim

26 February 2014

Hundreds of residents of Kanbauk in southern Burma’s Tenasserim Division have staged a protest against oil and gas companies operating in the area, reports DVB. The protesters say they want the companies, including PTTEPI of Thailand, Malaysia’s Petronas, and France-based Total, to pave dirt roads so that the health of local people isn’t harmed by dust stirred up by heavy trucks. “They are creating clouds of dust, which we have to inhale on a regular basis and it is causing health concerns,” said Wunna Toe of the Regional Development Network, which organized the protest. It was the first time in the two decades that the companies have been operating in the area that local residents have protested against their activities.