Bea Mountain Mining Corporation has expressed concern about media report that a chemical spilled over has led to the pollution of water sources and the death of aquatic spices at its operational areas in Grand Cape Mount County.
Bea Mountain, a subsidiary of Avesoro Resources Inc. said that no abnormal conditions have taken place in its plant.
Report from the County says local residents are fleeing towns and villages around the operational site of Bea Mountain Mining Company due to the pollution of water sources and marine spices.
The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia has also expressed grave concern about the reports and has strongly warned residents of the alleged affected communities to avoid usage of the water and not to consume any dead aquatic species especially fishes until further notice.
The EPA in a statement said it has commissioned a team from the Agency’s regional office in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, along with scientists from its head office in Monrovia to immediately investigate the alleged incident, noting that the team will be dispatched to the alleged site to ascertain the gravity of the pollution.
Commenting on the situation, the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative LEITI in a press release issued on Tuesday said, the reported mass evacuation of residents from the affected area is a clear signal of the magnitude of social and environmental damages the chemical spillage poses to the affected communities.
LEITI called on BEA Mountain Mining Company to act swiftly and responsibly to halt the spillage and avert the repercussion, as efforts are being made to correct the situation, adding that rural residents rely on running water bodies to enhance recurrent economic and domestic activities.
LEITI at the same time called on residents around the Mafa River to remain peaceful as remediation is swiftly derived.
But, Bea Mountain Mining Company said there is also no discharge from the plant.
It added that all protocols in keeping with EPA guidelines and best practice are intact. The Company lamented that it has however, sent a specialist environmental team to investigate the allegations of pollution in the surrounding water streams.
The Mining Company in a statement lamented that in furtherance to the steps taken above; BMMC has also engaged an independent government certified laboratory to collect samples from the areas that are reported to be impacted and will keep the public informed on the results of all investigations that are underway.