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Illegal Coal Mining Rampant in Northern Vietnam

Nguoi viet, news report, Posted: Jan 16, 2009



The lucrative business of mining coal without a permit and stealing coal from legitimate enterprises in running rampant in the northern Quang Ninh Province.
In December, the government allowed Vietnam Coal and Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) to resume exports of low-quality coal to China through the provinces Van Gia border.

Coal trading at local harbors and mining sites has grown as a consequence and so has coal theft and illegal mining, but these nefarious activities are not new. According to guards at the harbors, these groups have been operating for dozens of years but local authorities dont know how to deal with them.

They collect the coal thats dropped as its transported from harbors to boats for export, as well as coal washed from mines into the rivers.

Along a local river near the Diem Vong-Lang Khanh harbor in Ha Long Towns Ha Khanh Ward, barges and boats belonging to coal thieves wait to steal from legal miners boats.

Six people were killed and another injured during a shootout between two illegal mining groups at the harbor last month.

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