Category Archives: Sand Mining

San Francisco Bay Sand Mining Alarms Conservationists

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Ocean Beach, San Francisco. Photo source: ©© Kevin Krejci

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Dredge mining of shoals near Angel and Alcatraz islands and throughout Suisun Bay is robbing the bay of sand that keeps San Francisco’s Ocean Beach from eroding, according to new research by the U.S. Geological Survey…


Erosion of coastal bluffs at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, Jan 2010. Captions and Photo source: Jeff Hansen / U.S. Geological Survey

Read Full Article, San Francisco Gate

San Francisco Bay Sand Mining Raises Question About Beach Erosion

New Fracking Frontier Scares Residents

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Photo source: ©© Shell

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Due to a rapid increase in demand, pure sand has become a valuable commodity, and mines are opening in the US at a rapid rate. Up to 4 million pounds of the sand are used per well to prop open the newly created rock fractures that release the natural gas, and operations are still concentrated on the East Coast, particularly Pennsylvania.
The Mississippi Sand mine would be the first to actually border Starved Rock, which opponents fear could mean an increased chance of river and wetland contamination, habitat degradation, and tourist detraction. Further, opponents suggest the growing number of frac sand mines, represent the overall escalating scale and impact of natural gas production…

Read Full Article, The Huffington Post

The Price Of Sand, A Documentary

Tell the BLM: Don’t Frack California
California still has zero regulation to protect our health and water from dangerous fracking, but that’s not stopping the Bureau of Land Management from auctioning off almost 18,000 acres of land for oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing also known as, fracking…

Sand mining Is Booming Along With Fracking
Fracking, the latest craze in the quest to produce oil and gas, has been blamed for environmental problems ranging from flammable tap water to minor earthquakes. Now a new risk is emerging: sand mining. To squeeze hydrocarbons out of shale through hydraulic fracturing of the rock, the process known as fracking, producers need to pump an enormous amount of sand into the ground.

Fracking for shale gas gets green light in UK, Guardian UK
Fracking is set to be the next frontier for the UK’s oil and gas industry, after the government lifted restrictions on the controversial practice, giving a green light to drilling that could produce billions of pounds worth of gas.

Liberia: Bans Beach Sand Mining

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Atlantic waves roll onto the beach at Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia. Photo source: ©© David Stanley

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The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME) has announced that it would be closing all beaches throughout the country from sand mining…

Read Full Article, All’Africa

Sand Mining Throughout Coastal Liberia (04-05-2012)

Unabated Illegal Sand Mining And The Danger It Poses, Liberia (07-22-2010)

Tell the BLM: Don’t Frack California

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“Face the Storm.” Photo source: ©© Zach Dischner
Fracking, the latest craze in the quest to produce oil and gas, has been blamed for environmental problems ranging from flammable tap water to minor earthquakes. Now a new risk is emerging: sand mining. To squeeze hydrocarbons out of shale through hydraulic fracturing of the rock, the process known as fracking, producers need to pump an enormous amount of sand into the ground.

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“California still has zero regulation to protect our health and water from dangerous fracking, but that’s not stopping the Bureau of Land Management from auctioning off almost 18,000 acres of land for oil drilling and fracking next week.

Fracking contaminates precious water with toxic chemicals,2 generates cancer-causing air emissions,3 and in California could pollute crucial agricultural water and lands in the Central Valley, as parts of Monterey, San Benito and Fresno counties are being auctioned off.

California’s environmental regulators are still drafting fracking regulations and fracking is exempt from many critical environmental laws like the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, so the BLM’s rush to auction off federal mineral rights puts Californians totally at the mercy of the fracking industry and should not move forward.” —Credo Action

Tell Bureau of Land Management California State Director James Kenna: Don’t frack California.

Read Full Article, Credo Action

EPA Implicates Fracking In Pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday for the first time that fracking, a controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells, may be to blame for causing groundwater pollution.

Environmentalists sue California to stop fracking, Reuters
Environmental groups sued the state of California on Tuesday in an effort to stop hydraulic fracturing as regulators attempt to devise new rules for the controversial oil and gas extraction practice. Fracking, or pumping chemical-laced water and sand into a well to open cracks that release oil and gas, has generated a fierce debate across the country, leading to bans in one state and several municipalities. Yet the industry insists the practice is safe so long as wells are properly built.

Drinking water for millions – including D.C. – at risk without stronger BLM fracking rules, NRDC

Are Earthquakes and Fracking Wastewater Injection Wells Related? EcoWatch

Method predicts size of fracking earthquakes, Nature Journal
Small earthquakes are a recognized risk of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, a procedure in which companies unlock energy reserves by pumping millions of litres of water underground to fracture shale rock and release the natural gas trapped inside. Researchers now say that they can calculate the highest magnitude earthquake that such an operation could induce — though it won’t determine the likelihood of a quake occurring.

Sand mining Is Booming Along With Fracking
Fracking, the latest craze in the quest to produce oil and gas, has been blamed for environmental problems ranging from flammable tap water to minor earthquakes. Now a new risk is emerging: sand mining. To squeeze hydrocarbons out of shale through hydraulic fracturing of the rock, the process known as fracking, producers need to pump an enormous amount of sand into the ground.


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PETITION: Ban Fracking In California

Hydrofracturing And The Impact On Your Clean Water, by American Rivers

FAQs On Fracking And Our Rivers, by American Rivers

fracking & your air, Clean Water Action

Hazardous Air Pollutants Detected Near Fracking Sites, Bloomberg
For years, the controversy over natural gas drilling has focused on the water and air quality problems linked to hydraulic fracturing, the process where chemicals are blasted deep underground to release tightly bound natural gas deposits. But a new study reports that a set of chemicals called non-methane hydrocarbons, or NMHCs, is found in the air near drilling sites even when fracking isn’t in progress.

Fracking May Have Caused 50 Earthquakes in Oklahoma, Tree Huggers

Examination of Possibly Induced Seismicity from Hydraulic Fracturing in the Eola Field, Garvin County, Oklahoma

Tiny Barbuda Fears Increasingly Hostile Climate

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Cocoa Point, Barbuda. Photo source: ©© Sharkbait

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Local scientists are warning the tiny 62-square-mile island of Barbuda is becoming one of the most vulnerable spots on earth to the consequences of climate change.

“We are small, we are flat…and if the climate change predictions come true, especially with respect to sea level rise, you are looking at potentially a third of the island being not available for the sort of things we are using it for right now,” marine biologist John Mussington told IPS.

Worsening the problem is the long-time practice of sand removal from the island…

Read Full Article, IPS

Final Decision on Barbuda Sand Mining Due, Caribarena

Official Rejects Sand-mining Resumption Proposal
Barbuda Council Member Senator Arthur Nibbs says the indicated position of the Barbuda Council Chairman Calvin Punter that the sister-isle could soon be returning to sand mining in order to cushion heavy-hitting financial challenges, is as unsurprising as it going to be damaging.

Sand Mining Mafia Exposed: Govt Turns A Blind Eye, Tamil Nadu, India

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WATCH: A CNN-IBN Video Documentary

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A CNN-IBN ground report has exposed how sand is being stolen by politically connected mafia despite a ban on sand mining in Tamil Nadu. And the rampant sand mining is happening in violation of a ban…

Putting an end to illegal sand mining was one of the poll promises made by Jayalalithaa before she took over as the Chief Minister. But one year later, there seems to be no improvement on the ground and illegal sand mining continues unabated…

Watch Video Documentary and Read Full Article, “Tamil Nadu: Illegal sand mining continues,” CNN-IBN

San Francisco Bay Sand Mining Raises Question About Beach Erosion

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Photo source: ©© Jaywei80

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The sediment in San Francisco Bay, once thought of as a renewable resource, is eroding and being removed much more quickly than nature replenishes it — which could affect two companies’ requests to increase their sand-mining operations.

Sand has been removed from the Bay for more than 100 years, first for harbors and channels and later for use in construction. For decades it was assumed the sediment was quickly replenished. But new research shows that only 15 percent of the coarse sand mined for construction purposes is replenished…

Read Full Article, SF Examiner

Philippines Black Sand Mining Operations, Gonzaga, Cagayan Province

BLACK SAND MINING IN BUGUEY, CAGAYAN PROVINCE
A dossier and photo reportage by Juergen Lorenz.

The black sand mining experience in Buguey, Cagayan caused DENR Secretary Lito Atienza to issue a cease-and-desist order (CDO) pursuant to Memorandum from DENR MGB Region II of February 2009 to miners who have been issued by the provincial government with a small-scale mining permit (SSMP). Operations continued and lasted until October 2011, Work Stoppage and CDO were again issued to Lutra, Inc., but until today, black sand mining continues in Buguey.

Photos taken on November 19, 2011

BLACK SAND MINING IN GONZAGA, CAGAYAN PROVINCE
In Gonzaga, despite a report by DENR itself dated April 29, 2011, that 2 black sand mining permittees are in violation of the law, as known to the complainants residing in the immediate vicinity of the operations, no CDO or stoppage orders have been served.

Stoppage Order, Cease and Desist Orders; See Original Slides, 25 to 30

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View Original Document: Result Of Inspection/Monitoring Re: Complaint Against Alleged Illegal Black Sand Mining In Gonzaga, Cagayan.


Titanomagnetite (Ironsands) exploration off the Northern Coast of Cagayan spanning coastline of seven (7) municipalities

Consolidated Iron Sands Limited leases and operates iron sand exploration tenements covering approximately 15,700 hectares offshore of the Philippines island of Luzon. The company was formerly known as Colossal Mining Limited. Consolidated Iron Sands Limited was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Sydney, Australia.

June 2008, CIS was established to explore, assess & develop Ironsands off the North Coast of Luzon, Philippines. Consolidated Iron Sands Limited (“CIS”) holds, via its 100% owned Philippine subsidiary, Exploration Permits for two offshore areas between Sanchez Mira and Gonzaga, offshore of Cagayan Province Luzon. Our tenements eastern limit is 3 kms from the Economic Free Zone of Port Irene. View More


BLACK SAND MINING IN GONZAGA, CAGAYAN PROVINCE
The mining operation of the Huaxia Mining and Trading Corporation ILLEGAL for the following reasons:
(a) There was no public consultation conducted prior to the favorable endorsement by our Barangay Officials for the operation of the Huaxia;

(b) The quarry site is within residential community that even houses are reached by high black sand piles;

(c) The quarry site is near the shorelines making possibility that the site would become a part of the China Sea for this was once under seawater washing away all the infra projects built on the area during the time of the then Mayor Epifanio Gaspar in the early part of 2005, hence quarrying at that area had been strictly prohibited on till 2010, but with the coming of the Huaxia, this has caused us grave fear for this would surely bury us all, here;

(d) The findings of the DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations should be the foremost consideration for they, themselves, who conducted the actual investigation consider the operation illegal; and
History of the Plight of the Local Community in Gonzaga, Cagayan against Black Sand Mining led by Ms. Esperlita Garcia, owner of Garcia Lodge, who has been subject of a harassment case by the Municipal Mayor Pentecostes of Gonzaga, Cagayan for her anti-black sand mining campaign since 2010.

(e) The full blast hauling of magnetite day in day out has scared, threatened, and has made the residents in the mining areas suffer tension which now confronted some of our barangay mates to sell their houses as evidenced from the houses marked “HOUSE AND LOT FOR SALE” within the mining community at the Chinese Huaxia Mining and Trading Company at the western part of barangay Calayan of which all of us feel so helpless and so sad knowing that the FOREIGN MINERS within our own residential communities prevail upon us, poor Filipino residents of our own titled lands; In the case of the Taiwanese Lianxing:
(a) They have taken much magnetite which maybe more or less 200,000 metric tons ever since their operation in 2006;
(b) Our residential community is so near the quarry site. We are so much affected but they seem to apply their foolishness forour Barangay Calayan which is so much affected by their operation of which we have never been benefited from their Social Development Fund as they have been giving to Barangay Batangan;
(c) The effects of the continuous magnetite mining operations in the areas will cause more serious degradation on our coastlines, the vulnerability of the coastal areas to flooding, and more severe pollution much more that there has been a big pipe directed to the sea particularly from the Taiwanese Lianxing Stone Carving compound installed in the first week of May 2011;

There is wisdom in the prohibition under DENR Administrative Order No. 2010-21 to prohibit issuance of permits to, but DENR has not acted swiftly on those that have been previously given permits despite devastation these mining operations have caused.

The DENR blame the local government officials for issuing the permits, but does not the DENR have jurisdiction on this matter and can sanction or file cases against local officials who allow illegal operations such as these in Gonzaga, Cagayan?

Harassment case against Esperlita Garcia by Gonzaga Mayor Carlito Pentecostes, as narrated by Ms. Esperlita Garcia:

“Ms. Esperlita Garcia of the Gonzaga Alliance for Environmental Protection and Preservation (GAEPP), an alliance member of Federation of Environmental Advocates of Cagayan (FEAC) and also member of the Board of Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance, Inc. was arrested due to a libel complaint by the town mayor based on her post in facebook narrating what transpired when the town mayor dispersed the anti-black sand mining rally organized by the local folks.” —Juergen Lorenz

“My Garcia Lodge business was ordered to be padlocked by our Mayor on May 16, 2011 although my Certificate of Authority expires on December 31, 2011, but when I showed to the Chief of Police and two other police officers my original copy of my BMBE CA, the good PNP apologized and advised me the need to meet the Mayor in his office the next day and so that was what I did. Unfortunately, I was penalized by the Mayor’s insistence that I pay my local annual revenues and get a Mayor’s Permit although it was not yet time for me to mining activities 500 meters from the mean low tide level going seaward and 200 meters from the mean low tide level going landward…

The following day, May 17, I met my the Mayor in his office to clear matters regarding his action for the closure of my lodging house but instead he confronted me on my anti mining advocacies; he brought out from his drawer, the printed copy of the DENR USEC Memo and interrogated me why I still needed to report the mining activities in our town to DENR Manila, so our argument/ dialogue on black sand mining issues lasted for more than 2 hours, with the presence of my husband. He stressed that the presence of the foreign mining companies including that of the Yinyi Mining Company operating in Santa Cruz, this municipality is VERY BENEFICIAL to the development of Gonzaga for the IRA is so meager to finance development projects he wants for our town;

He also told me that for him to be able to avenge of my actions against black sand mining, he needs to find ways for the closure of my business and if I do not apologize to him thru the FACEBOOK, he would file a libel case against me. Those words were so shocking to me. Our Mayor, Engr. Carlito F. Pentecostes, Jr as well as our Vice Mayor, Rene P. Salvanera, insisted that I needed to get a Mayor’s Permit to be able to continue the operation of my lodge. I reiterated that I am a registered BMBE (RA 9178) with CA expiring on December 31,2011 and that being aware that the BMBE is a national law, therefore the BMBE PREVAILS upon a local legislation and that local ordinances are deemed modified and amended accordingly as provided in DILG Memo 2003-172, but my argument was not considered by our Mayor and our Vice Mayor so I just obeyed their MANDATES; and On May 28,2011, a subpoena was served to me for a libel charge the Mayor filed against me at the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor in connection with my FB note, ”April 30,2011 Aborted Rally Against Black Sand Mining in Gonzaga, Cagayan”.
This is plainly harassment for I have no unpaid financial obligation whatsoever in the LGU, Gonzaga. In fact I was even double taxed considering that my BMBE Certificate of Authority known as RA 9178 which I availed being the pioneer in this lodging business in Gonzaga which helps in promoting tourism development
EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 31, 2011.
On November 22, 2011 is so unforgettable for me for at around 9 am, a warrant of arrest was served to me by the PNP uniformed and armed Officers and advised me to proceed to the PNP Headquarters. I have been charged with a crime of alleged Violation of Municipal Tax Ordinance which I am fully aware I have no unpaid tax whatsoever and that although my BMBE Certificate of Authority still expires December 31, 2011, Gonzaga Mayor Carlito F. Pentecostes, insisted my renewal of my business permit on May 17, 2011 a day just after the aborted padlocking of my micro business establishment, GARCIA LODGE , thus on this same day, I paid P3,165.00 +P196.00 for another business permit valid until December 31,2011, thereby making me double taxed. The Mayor issued me Mayor’s Permit on May 18, 2011 for if I declined his insistence to renew my business permit, he said he would cause for the closure of my lodge as I have been fighting for the stoppage of mining within our residential and coastal communities. As advised by my Lawyer, I requested my 2 sisters to go by themselves to the MCTC in Gonzaga to request for a copy of the Resolution for my Motion for Reconsideration I caused to be filed on November 2, 2011, but my sister called me that my said motion was denied, so I then rushed to the PNP Headquarters/ Office for documentation as needed and posted my cash bail bond at the MCTC so as to be issued an Undertaking Instrument and an ORDER OF RELEASE, but the prepared docus needed the signature of the Hon. Judge DOMINGO B. QUILANG, III, who was in the MCTC of Sta Ana, hence we rushed to where the Judge was for if we could not secure his signature I have to be in the custody of the PNP until such time that he signs the 2 docus.
At first, he manifested his reluctance to sign said docus. With Sister Minie of SAC of Sta. Ana at my side and my elder sister Elena, a retired MCTCourt Stenographer together with my younger sister Violy waiting outside the court room, Judge Quilang finally signed the said docus. Although my greeting and my thanking him were not at all responded even just simply a nod, I felt relieved, however, I contend that I HAVE NO CRIMINAL CASE WHATSOEVER and that I HAVE NO UNPAID FINANCIAL OBLIGATION AT THE LGU OF Gonzaga, Cagayan being manned by pro mining POLITICIANS.” —Esperlita Garcia.

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“Ms. Esperlita Garcia of the Gonzaga Alliance for Environmental Protection and Preservation (GAEPP), an alliance member of Federation of Environmental Advocates of Cagayan (FEAC) and also member of the Board of Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance, Inc. was arrested due to a libel complaint by the town mayor based on her post in facebook narrating what transpired when the town mayor dispersed the anti-black sand mining rally organized by the local folks.” —Juergen Lorenz

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Tamil Nadu plans satellite imaging to check illegal mining, India

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Sand mining activities, Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian Peninsula. Captions and Photo source: ©© Tamilbuddy

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Illegal granite quarrying scam recently unearthed in Tamil Nadu, the eleventh largest state in India by area and the seventh most populous state, has prompted the state government to put in place a monitoring mechanism for mining operations in the state. Tamil Nadu is set to go hi-tech to curb encroachments with its mining tenement registry through Global Information System (GIS) and satellite images…

Read Full Article, Times Of India