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Liberia revokes 25 diamond mining licenses

24 september 2012

Liberia’s Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME) said it revoked 25 diamond mining licenses for various infringements of the country’s mineral and mining laws.
Acting mines minister Betty Lamin Blamo was, however, quoted by All Africa as saying that the affected companies and individuals had the right to take legal actions against the ministry or request for a hearing.
She said some license holders were engaged in mining activities outside their designated concession areas, while others left potholes on roads and other public places.
Blamo said that LME remained compliant with the international diamond certification process.
She said LME had set up a task force comprising several stakeholders to chart a way forward for the implementation of the Kimberley process.
Other measures that the LME had taken, according to the acting minister, was shifting from the environmentally unfriendly pit mining technique to the trench mining method, which was more environmentally friendly.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished