Mining firms must protect Ghana’s environment – Minister

November 28, 2013 4:28 PM

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Mining firms must protect Ghana’s environment – Minister

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Dr Joe Oteng-Adjei, Minister of the Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, on Wednesday asked mining companies to undertake their operations in an environmentally sustainable manner.

He was speaking after touring the Tarkwa Gold Mine of Gold Fields Ghana Limited.

Dr Oteng-Adjei who was touring mining companies in the Western Region, said it was necessary that mining operations were undertaken in an environmentally friendly manner to ensure sustainable development.

He pointed out that environmental development was as important as economic and social development.

Dr Oteng-Adjei was happy about the environmental performance of the company, and said his Ministry and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), would continue to monitor to ensure that the company met its environmental requirements.

Mr. Alfred Baku, Senior Vice President and Head of the West Africa Region of Gold Fields, said the fall in the world market price of gold was a big challenge to the company.

He said the company was evaluating its operations as a result of the current price of gold, adding that it was collaborating with government to address cost of inputs which was a major challenge facing the company.

He said the company was adhering to the environmental requirements of the EPA, on the use of cyanide in its operations.

Mr. Baku said the company has constructed ponds and dams to contain cyanide in its catchment areas.

He said Gold Fields has the responsibility to meet environment, social and safety requirements, by following its environmental plan.

Mr. Daniel Amlalo, Executive Director of the EPA, commended Gold Fields for having taken steps to address environmental issues raised by the agency.

Source: ghanabusinessnews.com

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