Laem Chabang residents repeat objections to port expansion at 2nd hearing

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Laem Chabang-area residents turned out Wednesday to repeat their objections to a proposed third expansion of the city’s seaport.

The second public hearing aimed at gathering opinions from locals about the expansion’s potential impact on residents and fishermen saw more people insist the expansion would damage the local fishing industry.

Thawatchai Prakongpak said more than 100 families depend on fishing and that construction would affect their shrimp, oyster and crab farming.  He said it would destroy many species of water creatures and shrink fishing areas.

Members of the public turned out in force for the March 30 meeting.Members of the public turned out in force for the March 30 meeting.

The seven-year expansion project – the third in the port’s history – will be studied for a year before a year-long design phase begins.  Actual construction will take four years and operational setup yet another.