Apr 17, 2013 News
– Continues excavation works in Moblissa
A Chinese National and official attached to Bai Shan Lin International yesterday blatantly refused to sign a” cease order” by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), and prepared by Geologist and Mines Officer Rickford Vieira, while workers attached to the entity flagrantly continued excavation works in the Moblissa area.
They were working even though no permit was granted for such activities to be carried out in the first place, and the entity was given at least three cease orders, according to reports.
Vieira later contacted the Commissioner of the GGMC with regards to Bai Shan Lin’s refusal to comply with the latest cease order, and was told that a team of officials would be dispatched to the area, to seize all equipment from the worksite, as early as today.
In relation to the cease order, Vieira said that it was the third one that Bai Shan Lin was given, with the first being a verbal notice on January 27th, and another written one sometime later, by another official attached to the GGMC. He pointed out that no permission was granted by the GGMC for any excavation works to be carried out by Bai Shan Lin, in or around Moblissa.
Despite these notices, Bai Shan Lin however continued working up to yesterday, when a team, including Region 10 Vice Chairman Byron Lewis, CEO of Linmine and NICIL Linden representative Horace James, environmental representative Samuel Wright and GGMC representative Rickford Vieira, among others, paid a visit to areas presently being excavated by Bai Shan Lin.
The site visit was sanctioned by Chairman of Region 10, Sharma Solomon, who did not make the trip, but expressed concern over the manner in which Bai Shan Lin had chosen to conduct its business.
Solomon said that the Bai Shan Lin programme commenced late last year, subsequent to a request from the chairman of the Forestry Commission, who asked the Region to ‘allow and entertain them”.
He pointed out that the region accepted and granted the permission with the understanding that Bai Shan Lin would fulfill the necessary requirements of the relevant agencies like the GGMC, Forestry Commission, the EPA and Lands and Surveys.
None of that was done Solomon pointed out, even though work was ongoing.
What was more serious, he added, was that Bai Shan Lin commenced construction of a two-mile road, without any permission.
For the construction of the new road, the company removed 37,800 tonnes of laterite from the Moblisa area, Solomon said.
He added that Bai Shan Lin had requested that the Region grant the company ten days beginning Friday, to put themselves in order, as regards concerns expressed, by the region and other concerned agencies.
“However before we give any consent, as regards any request or requirement, we would want to have our environmental interpretation and also an assessment to be done as regards what is happening.”
Solomon said that Bai Shan Lin had removed 400 loads of laterite from the Moblissa area, and in the process had significantly damaged the Moblissa Farm Road.
“What you have in Moblisa is a $40 million Farm Road that has been significantly damaged and is now affecting farm supply… and there is absolutely no consideration for that.”
Solomon said that Bai Shan Lin was only given permission to use the riverfront, but none was given for constructing a road or excavation works.
He noted that outside of the environmental concerns, there are a lot of other concerns from the standpoint of the region. Some of those concerns include the displaced farmers who were promised compensation by Bai Shan Lin, but to date none has been forthcoming.
Meanwhile Regional Vice Chairman Byron Lewis and Horace James expressed dismay at the excavation works which were done up to about ten feet from the Moblissa Farm Road, thereby undermining the integrity of the structure. Lewis was also concerned about the destruction of the Moblissa Farm Road, by the traversing of heavy equipment used by Bai Shan Lin, and which is placing severe hardship on farmers in the area.
James said that excavation works of such magnitude, should have had a plan and permission, and that he knew for a fact that Bai Shan Lin was only given permission, to use the riverfront.
“It is very important how you leave a site, and before commencing any excavation of such magnitude, the regulatory body always has to be given a plan, and permission must be granted,” James pointed out.
Environmental Officer Samuel Wright is expected to do an environmental assessment today.
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