Illegal Mining Activities and Its Environment Effects

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Galamsey Operators

Galamsey Operators

There is no doubt that Illegal mining activities have caused a great harm to our environment. 

This is because most of the minerals are found in rivers, as a result, the mining companies often resort to Blasting of Rivers and their surroundings to enable them access to the targeted minerals. This is done without caring about the effects and dangers this may have on trees, birds, animals, and even individuals in the various mining communities.

Sometimes the activities of these illegal miners also release toxic substances into the rivers, causing a lot of diseases to many people, especially those who fish from it.

Deforestation, is part of the damages mining causes to the environment. It involves the clearing of the forest leading to cutting down of trees, to enable miners accomplish their mission, of extracting minerals.

These illegal miners also do not put in place any measures that will safeguard them from taking risk. With the fact that the illegal miners are mostly unskillful, they also uses unprotected tools and equipment making them a big threat to the nation.

Therefore, for the mining sector to be successful, there is the need for stakeholders to make sure that, they perform their social responsibilities towards the various communities in which they operate, as a means of compensation to them, for taking away their natural resources.

Provisions of facilities such as schools, hospitals, good roads, markets, electricity and others, will not only improve upon the developmental projects in the various mining communities, but the nation as a whole.

Source: Frank Owusu Obimpeh

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6 COMMENTS

  1. we must stop illegal mining because minerals are non renewable.If the illegal miners dig out all our resources, what will be left for us?

  2. Comment:Galmsey is causing more harm to our country by polluting our watet bodies and the vegetation so i think Galamsey should be banned

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