Former Liberia Minister Ponders Lawsuit Over Buchanan Ongoing Beach Sand Mining

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Illegal beach sand mining. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Former Information Minister, Dr. Laurence K. Bropleh recently wrote a letter to Liberia’s Lands, Mines and Energy Minister, Patrick Sendolo, expressing his frustration over the illegal beach sand mining activities in the port city especially in Upper and Central Buchanan communities.

The ongoing beach sand mining in Buchanan communities seem to be undermining government’s and her partners collective efforts to prevent reoccurrence of the devastation of sea erosion in Buchanan City. “On a daily basis, trucks are seen hauling sand from the beach… this is scary and environmentally dangerous…”

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