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Moratorium Placed On Mining Operations in Grand Kru Featured

In observance of series of violations and illegal mining activities in Grand Kru County, the Government of Liberia (GoL), through the Ministry of Mines and Energy, has placed a moratorium on all mining activities in that part of the county.

The Mines and Ministry, in a statement issued on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 under the signature of Minister Gesler E. Murray, described as unacceptable, these illegal acts, which are said to be spreading to other counties.

“These illegal and unacceptable activities are not unique to Grand Kru County but are widespread throughout the length and breadth of the Liberia. However, due to these severe impacts associated with these activities, and to enable the Ministry carry out a complete inventory of all mining activities in the county, the Ministry of Mines and Energy in consultation with the Grand Kru Legislative Caucus, hereby places a moratorium on all mining activities in Grand Kru County,” stated the statement.

The Ministry pointed out that these activities continue to cause serious environmental problems to the landforms, water bodies and rural communities within Grand Kru County.

“Over the past few months, the Ministry of Mines and Energy has observed with grave concerns that mining activities that are currently being carried out by Class C and B license holders, mining cooperatives operating under Class C Licenses, and unlicensed local and foreign nationals have flooded the county and are using heavy earth moving equipment, dredges and other unauthorized semi-mechanized mining equipment. These activities continue cause serious environmental problems to the landforms, water bodies and rural communities within Grand Kru County,” the Ministry noted.

It can be recalled that on January 22, 2021, the Ministry placed a moratorium on the use of heavy earth moving equipment in Class C mining areas, and in a press release of October 28, 2019, the Ministry banned the use of dredges on all water bodies within the borders of the county for mining of gold and diamonds.

However, on the heel of the ban and moratorium, Grand Kru remains one of the hottest spots for illegal mining activities.

It was based on these violations and illegal mining activities that the Ministry moved to place a moratorium on all mining activities in the county.

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