Kien Giang bans some mining, stone quarries

Friday, Jan 03, 2014 17:15

The Kien Giang People's Committee banned mining and extracting mineral at 97 sites until 2020. Photo
KIEN GIANG (Biz Hub) — The People's Committee of Kien Giang Province recently banned mining and extracting minerals at 97 sites until 2020.

The restricted areas include historical and cultural locations, tourist destinations, protective forests, special use forests, geological conservation sites, planning zones for security and national defense, religious locations, and protection zones for transportation, irrigation, dykes, water supplies, drainage, waste disposal, electrical conduction, petrol, gas and communications.

Prohibited limestone quarries are located in many mountains, such as Da Dung, Bai Voi and Son Tra. Locations of quarries for construction stones include Hon Dat District and Hon Tre in Kien Hai's District. The mining of peat coal in U Minh Thuong District has also been banned.

Areas temporarily prohibited from being mined relate to zones for national defense and security, natural conservation, historical and cultural sites, and tourism destinations.

At the moment, there are eight companies holding licenses to mine limestone in Kien Luong District, including Sao Mai Joint Cement Joint Venture Company and Ha Tien II Cement Joint Stock Company. The companies are also allowed to exploit clay to extract minerals for cement production. — VNS

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