Cease and re­move orders is­sued to il­le­gal Bar­tica dredge op­er­a­tion

Stabroek News - - Letters -

Orders to cease work and re­move were is­sued on Wed­nes­day to op­er­a­tors of an il­le­gal dredge at 10 Miles, Bar­tica.

Ac­cord­ing to a De­part­ment of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion (DPI) re­port, the orders were is­sued af­ter a visit to the work site by Min­is­ter within the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Si­mona Broomes and a team from the Guyana Ge­ol­ogy and Mines Com­mis­sion (GGMC) and the Guyana Lands and Sur­veys Com­mis­sion (GLSC).

GGMC act­ing Man­ager of Mines, Kr­ishna Ram­dass was re­ported as say­ing that a com­plaint, re­ceived on Jan­uary 7th, 2019, al­leged that min­ing op­er­a­tions were be­ing done within the bound­aries of Bar­tica’s town­ship.

He said the al­le­ga­tions were promptly in­ves­ti­gated and it was found that “the dredge was op­er­at­ing on a prospect­ing per­mit.” The owner of that per­mit was recorded as Saman­tha Charles.

Cease work and re­moval orders were re­sul­tantly is­sued.

The DPI re­port fur­ther noted that while the op­er­a­tors, Mo­hamed and Bobby Ra­soul, have been com­ply­ing with the orders, charges are ex­pected to be laid.

“It was a breach of the Min­ing Act as min­ing can­not be un­der­taken on a prospect­ing li­cense,” Ram­dass ex­plained.

Broomes, mean­while, as­sured that mea­sures would be put in place to avoid sim­i­lar is­sues in the fu­ture. She said she will be en­gag­ing Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources on the mat­ter. “It is some­thing we will look at with all the new towns and I will rec­om­mend that where we have prospect­ing li­censes fall within bound­aries of these new towns that we seek not to move them into con­ver­sion of min­ing be­cause you will get some prob­lems” she stated.

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