The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) over the weekend concluded a one-day stakeholders’ consultation for MNG Gold underground mine project in Kokoyah District, Bong County.
The management of MNG Gold submitted a revised version of the approved 2015 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the Kokoya Gold Project.
The revised document seeks an environmental permit for the operation of an underground gold mine in the existing open pit in Kokoya District, Bong County.
The document was submitted to the EPA by Petra Resources, Inc an independent environmental consultant on behalf of MNG Gold.
The ESIA document for the underground mine has been reviewed internally by the EPA’s ESIA Technical Review Committee in consultation with relevant ministries, agencies and commissions of the Liberian Government, as part of the fulfillment of the ESIA process.
The stakeholders’ consultation attracted representatives from line ministries, agencies and commissions of Government.
The gathering also attracted paramount chiefs, town chiefs, district commissioners, women and youth representatives from communities near the mine.
The company was also represented at the meeting.
The meeting was organized by the ESIA Unit, which encompasses coordination of the ESIA process to facilitate overviewing of submissions, setting guidelines for Environmental Management Plans and lead in the drafting of environmental permits and reviewing of submissions, evaluation and provision of ESIA procedure guidelines to proponents and developers for ESIA related activities.