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Gems in the rough in Ratanakkiri

“These are the best quality stones,” Lat Yun says with a grin. Nestled in his outstretched hand are three unassuming rocks. “I don’t know what they’re called, I just know they’re the best.” The gemstones of Ratanakkiri are a mineral called zircon, but in Cambodia, they ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gems-rough-ratanakkiri

Lao Dams, Mining Ruining Sekong Water Quality in Cambodia

Dam-building and gold mining in southern Laos are ruining water quality downstream on the Sekong River in Cambodia, where villagers are no longer able to drink or use the water, according to an environmental group. The activities undertaken by Lao and Vietnamese companies on the Sekong’s ...

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/sekong-06252013190742.html

Australian Police Say Appropriate Steps Taken in BHP Bribery Case

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said Monday they have taken the necessary steps to investigate claims that the world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton, bribed officials in Cambodia and played down reports that it had mishandled one the country’s largest cases in corporate corruption. “The ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/business/australian-police-say-appropriate-steps-taken-in-bhp-bribery-case-31221/

Seven Feared Trapped in Gold Mine Collapse

A gold mine shaft has collapsed in Preah Vihear province, trapping at least seven miners, officials said Monday. The collapse took place in a shaft that is typically mined by up to 60 people at a time, he [Rovieng Police Chief Sin Thorn]. Sin Thorn said ...

http://www.voacambodia.com/content/seven-feared-trapped-in-gold-mine-collapse/1664837.html

Investment Or Imperialism? Tracking China's Big Ambitions In Cambodia

A few years ago this scene would have played out in China. More specifically, it would have played out in a Chinese coastal region to which millions of rural folks had arrived looking for work. A huge hangar, piles of fabrics of all colors at both ...

http://www.worldcrunch.com/business-finance/investment-or-imperialism-tracking-china-039-s-big-ambitions-in-cambodia/cambodia-china-investment-corruption-development/c2s10857/#.URRx2PLEPXQ

Gold struck in Mondulkiri

An Australian company working towards mining gold from the Okvau deposit in Mondulkiri province, currently estimated at 729,000 ounces, expects to employ more than 1,000 local people during the mine’s construction phase and 500 in the   longer term. Renaissance Minerals managing director Justin Tremain told the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012101159244/Business/gold-struck-in-mondulkiri.html

Emerging Mining Sector to Be Subject to Grassroots Scrutiny

As mining companies continue to scour Cambodia for minerals, work is also under way to build a network of local monitors and activists to shed light on the country’s often-opaque mining sector and its practices. {T]he Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy has granted an unknown ...

Gold Mines Blamed for Cattle Deaths Shut Down

Authorities in Battambang province’s Phnom Proek district shut down eight unlicensed gold mines Saturday and Sunday after a study revealed they were producing toxic runoff blamed for the deaths of three cattle last week, officials said. Deputy governor Pech Choun said four mines in the area ...

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