MGB stops four black sand mining companies

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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has issued dismantling orders against four black sand miners for failure to voluntarily remove all equipment, conveyances and structures in their respective plant sites despite the cease and desist orders earlier issued to them.

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In a statement, engineer Mario Ancheta, officer-in-charge and regional director of the MGB-Regional Office (RO) 2, said they have recently issued four notices of dismantling against Huaxia Mining and Trading Corp., Lutra Inc., Global Express Mining and Development Corp. and Macro Asia Corp.

The notices came after a composite team composed of MGB-RO 2 personnel and elements of the National Bureau of Investigation conducted joint operations from December 9 to 12, 2013, and discovered the continued illegal black sand mining operations of the four companies in Cagayan province.

The joint operation is part of the ongoing drive of the government against illegal black sand mining nationwide. The companies were given until December 31, 2013, to voluntarily dismantle and clear their plants of said structures.

A stoppage order was also issued against Lian Hai Phils. Mining Corp. (Lian Hai) on December 10, 2013, after the same joint investigating team found the company using manual/portable magnetic separators in its operation in violation of the terms and conditions of its mineral processing permit.

Another suspension order was issued against Lian Hai Phils. Mining Corp. on the same date after it was established that the company representative and operator was uncertain about the exact site of their sand and gravel extraction permit.

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