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Central African Panel Recommends Closure of 4 Chinese Gold Mines - Report

Mining News - Published on Wed, 17 Jul 2019

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Mail Guardian, citing a parliamentary panel, reported that four Chinese-run gold mines should be closed in the Central African Republic because of pollution threatening public health. “Ecological disaster,” “polluted river,” “public health threatened,” were some of the phrases used in the report. “Gold mining by the Chinese firms at Bozoum is not profitable for the state and harmful to the population and the environment,” the commission found after its investigation into mining in the northern town. The nature of the ecological disaster discovered onsite justifies the immediate, unconditional halt to these activities.

A local missionary, Father Aurelio Gazzera, has published a video showing the state of the river and named the four firms concerned as Tian Xian, Tian Run, Meng and Mao. Members of the commission spent four days in Bozoum a month ago in response to “multiple complaints from the population.” There, they found a badly polluted River Ouham, shorn of several aquatic species following the excavation of its riverbed. They discovered that a rising death rate in fishing villages as well as shrinking access to clean drinking water.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Wed, 17 Jul 2019
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