Cambodia: Authorities inspect twelve gold mines and close down two of them operating illegally in Preah Vihear province

Author: Soth Koemsoeun, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 18 January 2019

"Twelve gold mines inspected, two shut down in Preah Vihear", 18 January 2019

Twelve gold mines have been inspected by the Preah Vihear provincial authorities, with two found to be operating illegally and told to shut down, provincial Department of Mines and Energy director You Chendayuth told...

The two offending mines were found to be operating without having registered with the Ministry of Mines and Energy…

Chendayuth told … that he and Rovieng district governor Hor Bunhuor led a team on Tuesday to inspect the mines in the mountainous areas of Anlong and Boss Ta Thorng.

“When we inspected the gold mines, we just wanted to find out how many were operating illegally and not registered with the government."

“We also checked that registered goldmines were complying with ministry guidelines. We told those operating illegally to register properly with the Ministry of Mines and Energy,” he said…

Rovieng district police chief Say Det said … he did not know the exact number of gold mines or what action the Mines and Energy department had taken.

“I did not personally inspect [the mines],... I don’t know the details of legal action taken or the team’s reports. It will depend on experts at the Department of Mines and Energy in Preah Vihear,” he said.

Bunhuor was unavailable for comment … but local media reported him as saying that authorities had obtained a signed contract from the owner of a non-registered mine agreeing to remove all its equipment …

Yos Monirath, director-general of the ministry’s General Department of Mineral Resources, told … that the department had inspected the area and talked with mine operators in order to report to the ministry…

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