Ministry threatens prosecution over illegal mining at Micobie

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Reports of illegal mining activity at Micobie in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) has seized the attention of the Ministry of Natural Resources, which has called for those involved in such activity to desist forthwith.

The Ministry said it has noted with grave concern the reports of the illegal mining which is reportedly occurring at a section of the buffer zone of the Potaro River.

The Ministry in a statement on Monday condemned such acts and urged all parties to desist from such activities, lest they prosecuted to the full extent of the Law.

“The MNR understands that this issue has been ongoing and that an investigation was conducted by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.

“The investigation has ascertained several facts which point to the accuracy of reports and the destruction of the river bank among other breaches of the Mining Act Chapter 65:01.

“Specifically, the investigation concluded that the operations have no permission to be at the current location, hence there has been an immediate issuance of cease and removal orders,” the statement noted

In keeping with Minister Vickram Bharrat’s vision of a renewed strategic approach for the extractive sector, he has mandated intense monitoring and compliance within the sector to ensure sustainable legal extractive activities.

The Ministry recommitted himself to upholding the Minsitry’s Mission Statement of developing, implementing and overseeing policies for the responsible exploration, development and utilisation of the country’s natural resources.

 

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