Cambodian-Czech mining co-op

Cambodian and Czech Republic officials agreed on Monday to set up a working coalition to boost cooperation in the mining sector and facilitate the exchange of information, said a Cambodian Ministry of Mines and Energy spokesman on Monday. ...

Hor Kimsay

Australian firm gets mining license for Mondulkiri

The Ministry of Mines and Energy has granted a mining license to Renaissance Minerals (Cambodia), a subsidiary of Australia-based Emerald Resources NL, to extract gold in Mondulkiri province.​ ...

Chea Vannak

Community miners out of work

The Chong Phlas Gold Mining Community, where more than 800 families mine on 43 hectares of land in Mondolkiri, has been shuttered, leaving dozens without jobs. Officials with the Environment and Mines Ministries descended upon the community in the wake of 13 people dying in Kratie ...

Khy Sovuthy

Battambang mine raid nets 9,000 kilos of material

In a joint raid on an illegal mining operation, conducted by the departments of environment, mines and energy, and police in Battambang province’s Phnom Prek district on Sunday, over 9,000 kilograms of raw materials and explosives were confiscated. The materials belonged to Chinese company Phou ...

Soth Koemsoeun

National Assembly OKs mining law amendments

The National Assembly on Thursday approved amendments to Cambodia’s mining laws by revising 11 articles, in a move that would give officials the power to hand out fines or punishments instead of sending all disputes to court. In a full plenary session last week, 112 ...

Hor Kimsay

Chong Phlas miners ordered to shutdown

Authorities in Mondolkiri province have given more than ten gold mining sites within the Chong Phlas Mining Community 15 days to shut down operations after concluding that they were not following the law. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Battambang gold mines busted with cyanide

A joint task force including the Military Police, officials from the mining and environment ministries, and local authorities in Battambang over the weekend uncovered 20 barrels of cyanide at four illegal gold mines operating in Phnom Proek district. Phnom Proek district Military Police commander Leng ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Authorities shutter illegal mines

Nearly 30 illegal gold mining operations have been shuttered in Mondolkiri province over the past week as officials with Mines and Environment ministries continue a compliance push in the wake of a poisoning case that killed 13 villagers downstream in Kratie province. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Miners flee amid compliance push

Chong Phlas commune, Mondulkiri province – As officials from the Mines and Environment ministries continue their compliance push here, villagers from the Chong Phlas Gold Mining Community have fled or withdrawn into their homes, too scared to continue their work for fear of being blamed ...

Khy Sovuthy

Cyanide ‘found in samples’

A senior official at the Ministry of Environment said on Thursday analysis of blood samples from victims of Kratie province’s contaminated water incident earlier this month have confirmed the presence of cyanide, albeit at very low levels. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Villagers’ deaths prompt mines meeting

Mines Minister Suy Sem yesterday ordered mining operators to follow the law to prevent mining waste from polluting rivers in the wake of more than 10 villagers dying from consuming tainted water in Kratie province. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Villagers in Kratie province were poisoned by mining: Industry Minister

Industry Minister Cham Prasidh has said that villagers in Kratie province’s Chetr Borei district were poisoned after consuming water tainted with cyanide which was used for mining operations in Mondolkiri and Kratie province. ...

Sen David

Gold mine waste blamed for deadly poisoning in Cambodia

Experts from the ministry examined the water in the river of Prek Te in Kratie and found chromium and cyanide. The substances were found at various mining sites between Kratie and neighboring Mondulkiri and the ministry believed that they were improperly handled and that rain ...

Radio Free Asia staff

Window closes for deal on mine project in Kratie

A deadline for an earn-in agreement involving Australian-listed Medusa Mining and Sea Resources to explore the Prek Kampi region of Kratie province passed on Thursday with no deal being reached, according to a UK-based news website. ...

Post Staff

Mining exploration set for region home to endangered river dolphins

Australian mining firm Medusa Mining has announced plans to begin exploration for gold, copper and oil in Kratie province’s Prek Kampi commune, about 35 kilometres west of a stretch of the Mekong River that is home to endangered river dolphins. ...

Robin Spiess and Brendan O’Byrne

Mining firms sign agreement on Prek Kampi

Sea Resources Pty Ltd and its subsidiary Sovann Resources Co., Ltd recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Australia-based Medusa Mining on exploration rights in the Prek Kampi district in Kratie province. ...

Sum Manet

Illegal mine may be filled in

A task force to curb natural resources crimes has cracked down on an illegal mine in Kratie province and is proposing to fill it in after there were four deaths at the site last year. ...

Phak Seangly

Working underground in Ratanakkiri

Both the miners and brokers at the mining site said the land on which the mining is conducted costs roughly $10,000 per hectare per year in a deal between the rubber plantation owner and a gemstone businessman who they referred to as the “boss”. ...

Pav Suy

Hoping to strike it rich

About 30 kilometres from Ratanakiri’s Banlung town, 10 miners have dug holes deep in the ground in a rubber plantation, hoping to strike it rich. Their tunnels range from 10-15 metres deep and their equipment is basic – everything is done by hand. These men ...

Khmer Times

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