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Brazilian miner fined GYD$7 million for mining at Kaieteur National Park

Kaieteur Falls (photo from www.thousandwonders.net)

Kaieteur Falls (photo from www.thousandwonders.net)

A mining operation ,which was in April 2016 caught operating in the Kaieteur National Park area, will pay a fine of $7 million to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), the Ministry of Natural Resources said Friday.

The ministry said Ceso Alves De Alcantara, a national of Brazil, was fined after a raid by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the GGMC in the Kaieteur National Park Buffer area found equipment in the form of a dredge No. 9827 and a Doosan excavator engine No. DHKCEFALTB, which belonged to him, operating there.

The equipment was detained and charges were prepared against Mr Alcantara.

“In discussions on August 4 and 5, 2016 Mr Alcantara indicated that he fully regretted the situation, that he was almost ruined and has become ill with worry since the situation unfolded,” said the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Authorities said Mr Alcantara’s equipment is to be removed from the buffer area to Grass Falls with the understanding that there should be no future issue arising from his operation working near prohibited areas or without permission.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission said they believed that this the fining of the miner “sends a strong signal that there is a zero tolerance approach towards mining in protected areas and outside of the law and that stern action can and will be taken against those found doing so.”

The GGMC and the Ministry of Natural Resources say they continue to demonstrate their seriousness about meting out the measure of the law to those bent on breaking it.

  • rudeo

    trust that there are no sacred cows

  • Reason

    This is such a tepid response. His equipment should have been forfeited and used in the irrigation process in Georgetown. He should have faced jail time, also.

    This government is pussyfooting with too many things.

    • Col123

      Told you… them 50% guys are not good stewards of time working for our nation… You convicted those people for the illegal act at Red House… and no one in jail ..the govt footing with too many things?..,the fancy cars with sirens giving them vestibular imbalance !

      • Reason

        Government and opposition received pay raises: none equaling 50%. Learn to speak the truth instead of propagating lies.

  • ExPPP_Man

    If he was Coolie – was jail fuh he baxide

  • Col123

    Fine should building five miles of road connecting villages in the hinterland…jail is too much of a luxury

  • ExPPP_Man

    The whole PNC apparatus been saying that for more than a year now. They can’t even lift a straw against the man.
    just because he knew how to save an invest, does not make him a criminal like all you people.