Mae Mo District
Amphoe location in Lampang Province
|• Total||959.2 km2 (370.3 sq mi)|
|• Density||40.4/km2 (105/sq mi)|
|Time zone||ICT (UTC+7)|
The Phi Pan Nam Mountains dominate the landscape of the district.
The minor district (king amphoe) was created on 15 April 1976, when three tambons, Ban Dong, Chang Nuea, and Na Sak, were split off from Mueang Lampang district. It was upgraded to a full district on 16 July 1984.
The district is divided into five sub-districts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 37 villages (muban). There are no municipal (thesabans). There are five tambon administrative organizations (TAO).
Mae Mo is the site of a 2,400 MW lignite-fueled power plant run by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).The plant has been the target of a series of lawsuits brought by locals who claim that the lignite mining operation and the burning of lignite fuel by EGAT has negatively impacted the environment and the health of those living in the vicinity. A 12-year fight by villagers for compensation for damages ended in victory for the plaintiffs in February 2015. The Supreme Administrative Court in Chiang Mai Province upheld a ruling by the Chiang Mai Administrative Court in 2005. The court handed down a verdict ordering EGAT to pay compensation to 131 plaintiffs, some of them deceased. Plant victims were awarded between 20,000-240,000 baht each, commensurate with their suffering. The total amounts to 25 million baht plus 7.5% interest.
Several days earlier, the court had ordered EGAT to return its Mae Mo golf course, adjacent to the open pit lignite mine, to woodland in order to help clean up the air pollution caused by EGAT's Mae Mo operations.
- ประกาศกระทรวงมหาดไทย เรื่อง แบ่งท้องที่อำเภอเมืองลำปาง จังหวัดลำปาง ตั้งเป็นกิ่งอำเภอแม่เมาะ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 93 (58 ง): 856. April 13, 1976.
- พระราชกฤษฎีกาตั้งอำเภอลานกระบือ อำเภอดงหลวง อำเภอทรายมูล อำเภอแม่เมาะ และอำเภอบัวเชด พ.ศ. ๒๕๒๗ (PDF). Royal Gazette (in Thai). 101 (96 ก special): 10–12. July 16, 1984.
- "Mae Moh Power Plant". EGAT. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
- Sattha, Cheewin (2015-02-15). "Victory for Mae Moh victims". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
- "Mae Moh golf course to be destroyed". Bangkok Post. 2015-02-11. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
- Rujivanarom, Pratch (26 November 2016). "Experts urge people to help climate-change mitigation as big goals loom". The Nation. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
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