via ThaiPublica.com, 08 Mar 2019: An article in Thai by my friend Phachaporn Phanomvan na Ayutthaya about the economics of drilling and the potential for the heritage industry in Si Thep. She proposes a minimum 5km buffer zone around Si Thep to protect the ancient ruins from the impact of oil drilling. At the end of the article is the Environmental Impact Assessment from the oil company proposing to drill next to Khao Klang Nok. It’s entirely in Thai, but there isn’t much in the assessment that addresses heritage protection.
via Petchabun Cable, 25 Feb 2019: The article is in Thai, but pretty alarming. An oil company is holding public consultations to conduct oil drilling 100m (!!) away from the main stupa of Si Thep Historical Park. Any kind of drilling in that area is likely to hit archaeological remains, and more importantly that’s probably going to negatively affect any hopes of listing Si Thep as a World Heritage site. Public consultations are currently being held in the area until 27 Feb.