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2204, 2017

Earth Day 2017 by Honourable Raphael Trotman, Minister of Natural Resources

The Ministry of Natural Resources marks the observance of Earth Day 2017 today Saturday April 22, 2017 under the theme “Environmental and Climate Literacy” by reflecting on our deep sense of duty to the country’s people and its natural environment. By the very nature of the activities involved, the extractive sectors can impact the natural environment and human development if not properly managed. Thus, in the execution of its responsibility of overseeing development within the natural resources sector, the Ministry of Natural Resources is tasked with a significant  responsibility to develop, implement and oversee policies for the responsible sustainable exploration, [...]

1804, 2017

Ministry of Natural Resources orders fact-finding team to Puruni and Mazaruni following reports of river degradation from gold mining

PRESS RELEASE GEORGETOWN, Guyana - The Ministry of Natural Resources has noted the recent media coverage emanating from a report compiled by the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) regarding environmental degradation due to gold mining activities. We can confirm that the Minister of Natural Resources has ordered a team comprising officers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Ministry’s Compliance Division be despatched into the affected areas in Puruni and Mazaruni in a matter of days with a view to ascertaining the severity of the impact and the accuracy of the reports and putting in place urgent [...]

1204, 2017

Ministry of Natural Resources rejects mischievous and false article carried on dubious news outlet

PRESS RELEASE GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Ministry of Natural Resources takes umbrage with a false and mischievous publication of an article headlined ‘$20 million dollar bribe allegedly pass to allow for the operation of a single oil and gas school’, published yesterday Tuesday April 11, 2017 in an online media outlet calling itself ‘Guyana Guardian’. The Ministry of Natural Resources repudiates the contents of this reportage as false, baseless, groundless and bereft of an iota of truth. We have been guided that the allegations contained therein are libellous and defamatory in addition to being false and can potentially damage the [...]

1004, 2017

Petroleum Commission of Guyana Bill 2017 for Special Select Committee when tabled in the National Assembly on Thursday April 13, 2017

PRESS RELEASE  GEORGETOWN, Guyana - The Petroleum Commission of Guyana Bill 2017 - the legal architecture for the Petroleum Commission of Guyana – is set to be taken to a Special Select Committee following its tabling in the National Assembly. The Bill, which was the subject of consultation for a number of months, will be laid in  the National Assembly on Thursday April 13, 2017 by the Minister of Natural Resources. It is expected that the Bill – the first in a raft of newly developed legislation for the oil and gas sector – will undergo further scrutiny and refining during a period [...]

1004, 2017

Ministry of Natural Resources supporting geological consultant’s visit as a follow up from the Bolivian Geological Congress

PRESS RELEASE GEORGETOWN, Guyana - As a part of the forged collaboration between Guyana and Bolivia following the Bolivian Geological Congress in November 2016, the Ministry of Natural Resources is supporting the visit of Dr Richard Goldfarb, a renowned geologist, with a view of building Guyana’s capacity in mineral exploration. Honourable Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona J. Broomes and members of the Geological Services Division of the GGMC had met with Dr Goldfarb at the Congress in Bolivia and extended an invitation for him to visit Guyana and to share his extensive knowledge. Dr Goldfarb is widely [...]

804, 2017

Ministry of Natural Resources does not endorse any oil and gas learning programmes; persons are encouraged to do their own due diligence before signing up

PRESS RELEASE GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Ministry of Natural Resources is urging the public to be careful when signing up for online courses in oil and gas and to ensure that any programme being embarked upon is accredited. There has been a noticeable increase in institutions of learning offering courses in oil and gas education. This is understandable and expected as the country prepares itself for the emerging oil and gas industry. The Ministry hereby states that if the occasion arises, it will indicate publicly which institution, training programme or course for oil and gas related education it recommends or [...]

404, 2017

Ministry of Natural Resources sponsors University of Trinidad and Tobago-administered Basic Petroleum Technology short-course for its staff and those of other Government Ministries and Departments

PRESS RELEASE GEORGETOWN, Guyana - 20 participants drawn from various Ministries and Agencies recently engaged in an intense five-day training workshop entitled ‘Basics of Petroleum Technology’, which was administered by the University of Trinidad and Tobago and facilitated by the New Guyana School. As part of its ongoing effort to ensure that Guyana stands ready for the oil and gas sector, the Ministry of Natural Resources sponsored the training while extending an invitation to other Ministries and Government Departments. Participants came from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), the Ministry of Finance and its entity, Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), the [...]

404, 2017

Parish Peak area to remain off-limits to mining for now; Environmental and forest certification considerations must be assessed before a decision is taken

PRESS RELEASE GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Ministry of Natural Resources has observed that the Berbice Mining Syndicate has been speaking in the media about lack of access to the Parish Peak area. At a meeting between the Ministry and various mining syndicates held on Wednesday March 29, 2017 this matter was raised with the Minister of Natural Resources Honourable Raphael G.C. Trotman M.P. The Minister at that meeting informed the head of the Berbice Mining Syndicate that there are environmental and forest certification considerations that have to be assessed before any decision can be made about accessing the area for [...]

404, 2017

Ministry of Natural Resources to investigate allegations of Agency’s transactions with fraud-accused licenced gold dealer; Police asked to provide information

PRESS RELEASE The Ministry of Natural Resources has noted the media reports regarding the charges of alleged bank fraud against licenced gold dealer Saddiqi Rafeek Mohamed Rasul and the alleged linkages with personnel at the Guyana Gold Board. As a consequence of these reports, the Ministry will maintain its vigilance over the operations of the Board and will task the incoming Directors  with the immediate task of probing this and related matters as to whether anyone from the agency acted improperly or outside of their mandate in conducting business with said licenced gold dealer. We have also requested the Guyana [...]

104, 2017

Brazilian man dies following mining accident in Micobie, Region 8

PRESS RELEASE The Ministry of Natural Resources can confirm that a Brazilian man lost his life in a mining accident in Micobie, Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni) last evening, March 31, 2017. Information reaching the Ministry revealed that the man was a worker connected to a six-inch dredge, which was said to be operating without permission of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) at the time. Investigations revealed that the Micobie Village Council granted permission for the operation without informing or consulting the GGMC prior to doing so. Personnel from the GGMC are presently on the ground conducting preliminary investigations. The [...]