The Nuclear Chemistry and Environmental Research Centre (NCERC) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has warned that the country's groundwater reserves risk being contaminated if pragmatic steps are not taken to regulate illegal gold mining activities across the mining regions.
Under this framework, the Parliament of Ghana may make specific laws regulating rights and interests in minerals. Last week, this column dealt with Sections 1-5 of Act 703 of 2006 as amended in 2015 (Minerals and Mining Act, 2006). I would want to skip Sections 6, 7 and 8 of the law and begin from Section 9 onwards for the purposes of this article.
The devastating effect of illegal mining is known to all. Initially one may only think that it is the surface soil which is being destroyed but there is more to it like pollution of water bodies. Institutions, charged with the protection of the environment such as the Minerals Commission ...
Consequently, increasing illegal mining in forest reserves across Ghana, could raise the cost (financial and personnel) involved in curbing such activities and cast doubts on the sustainability of such operations and/or the protection of forests from illegal mining.
One of the main criteria used to define illegal mining is the absence of land rights, mining license, exploration or mineral transportation permit or of any document that could legitimate the on-going operations. Illegal mining can be operated o n the surface or underground. In most countries, underground mineral resources belong to the state.
Jun 11, 2015· Children toil in Ghana's illegal gold mines By Dasmani Laary in Accra "International gold refiners, who use gold from Ghana may be benefitting from hazardous child labour in unlicensed mines," the rights body said in a report on Wednesday, the eve of World Day against child labour.
The Chinese Mission in Ghana has served a strong caution to the Government of Ghana that "it will be extremely harmful to the bilateral relations" between the two countries if there are reports of a casualty during the arrest of Chinese involved in illegal mining in Ghana.
Since 2006 gold has been Ghana's main source of foreign currency. And while illegal mining has decreased since the government crackdown, rogue operators continue to defy the authorities. As well as the environmental and economic costs, illegal mining has also caused much human suffering.
The Mining industry of Ghana accounts for 5% of the country's GDP and minerals make up 37% of total exports, of which gold contributes over 90% of the total mineral exports. Thus, the main focus of Ghana's mining and minerals development industry remains focused on gold.
Oct 30, 2018· Upper West small scale miners support war against illegal mining Business News of Tuesday, 30 October 2018 Source: ghananewsagency.org Government has announced a road map for the lifting of the ban on small-scale mining Hundreds of Small Scale