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  • More than a hundred protesters gathered outside oil giant Chevron’s headquarters on May 29 to demonstrate against the company’s “environmentally destructive” practices.  Chevron was holding its annual meeting.
  • The Laotian government last week invited journalists to the site of the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam for tours, interviews, and the release of a report all claiming that the Mekong River dam will not harm the basin’s environment, because potential issues will be mitigated through design and construction.
  • Laotian authorities last week signed an updated eight-year-old deal with Russian investor Regional Oil for construction of three hydropower projects on Mekong River tributaries.
  • During the 19th Mekong River Commission Council meeting last week in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and other participants challenged Laos’ efforts to construct the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam, the first of a planned 11 dams along the Lower Mekong River.
  • El Salvador has claimed a gold and silver mine in Guatemala would pollute the water quality of its essential Lempa River, which provides 37 percent of the country’s drinking water. The government of El Salvador is now calling on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) to pressure Guatemala to halt Goldcorp’s Cerro Blanco mine.
  • Ministers from member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and donors started a two-day meeting in Luang Prabang Laos on January 16. The meeting comes two months after Laos launched a major dam project on the trans-boundary river despite MRC objections, but Cambodia and Vietnam, the two downstream countries that stand to suffer the most from the dam, have not asked to have the issue raised at the meeting.
  • Global consulting and engineering firm Pöyry’s energy business group has won the technical consulting contract for the Laotian government’s controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi hydropower.  The company did not disclose how much it was being paid over the course of the eight-year contract.
  • On the same day that Thailand’s government come out in support of Laos’ decision to immediately begin construction of the controversial Xayaburi Dam on the Lower Mekong River, international environmental NGO WWF issued a warning that construction puts environment and livelihoods in “grave danger.”
  • 8 May 2012- 12:53 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MYANMAR, RANGOON The Thai-based Shwe Gas Movement claimed at the end of April that Chinese companies are planning to extract gold from Peophru Island in the Laymro River in western Burma’s Arakan state "under the guise of constructing a hydropower