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Govt mulls revoking 12 project concessions

Vientiane Times, 10 December 2013

The government will consider revoking concessions for eight mining projects and four industrial tree plantation projects whose concession holders have failed to comply with the relevant laws and the terms of the concession agreements, a minister has told the parliament.

Mr Somdy Duangdy.

Minister of Planning and Investment Somdy Duangdy told the National Assembly’s sixth ordinary session which opened yesterday, that the ministry will propose to a higher authority to consider the revocations.

Unregulated mining poses environmental threat

Vientiane Times, 16 Sept 2013

Unregulated small-scale mining and mineral extraction along rivers is posing a dangerous environmental threat, a senior official has said.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines official, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Vientiane Times it is common practice in several provinces for local people to extract minerals, mostly gold, from rivers using cyanide, which is considered to be unsafe.

“Cyanide is reportedly sold illegally. People don’t know the proper and safe way to use cyanide in the extraction process, and are harming the environment,” he said.

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