Press Release – Minister Trotman orders immediate enforcement operation to address mining issues

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The Ministry of Natural Resources takes note of the most recent mining tragedy which occurred last evening at Issano Backdam, Region Seven.

Reports reaching the Ministry indicate that dead is Lennox Douglas, 33, of Canvas City Wismar, Linden, due to the caving in of a mining pit in which he was working. This report comes after two other mining related deaths recently occurred in Mowasi Backdam, Konawaruk, Potaro last month.

With this in mind the Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman has ordered an immediate enforcement operation to be conducted jointly by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and the Ministry’s Compliance Division’s Corp of Wardens, to address problems of this nature in the mining areas where there has been an increase in legal and illegal mining activities and accidents.

The agencies are expected to provide a report upon completion of the operation.

The Ministry extends condolences to the relatives of the deceased.

October 2, 2018