Tag Archives: Sand Mining Resources

How to Steal a Beach

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CEMEX extracts about 200,000 yds3 of sand from this back beach pond every year. Captions and Photograph courtesy of: © Gary Griggs

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In Northern California’s Monterey Bay, a peculiar thing happens every time there’s a storm. When wind and rain hit, a pond set back about 100 feet from the water’s edge on the beach of Marina, California fills with sand. The sand is then dredged from the pond, to the tune of roughly 200,00 cubic yards, about 8 acres of land a year, and sold.

This is the last remaining sand mine of its kind in the U.S.—namely, a sand mine that takes its material directly from the beach…

Read Full Article, Atlas Obscura (07-18-2016)

Monterey Bay, California: Beach Sand Mining from a National Marine Sanctuary; By Gary Griggs (09-01-2014)
The 30-mile long, continuous sandy shoreline around Monterey Bay is the most visited stretch of shoreline on the central coast. Yet, it holds the dubious distinction of being the only active beach sand mining operation along the entire United States shoreline. To make matters even worse, it all takes place along the shoreline of a protected National Marine Sanctuary. Something is seriously wrong with this picture…

Cemex mine reflects human hunger for sand, California; Monterey County Now(01-14-2016)
The disappearance of the beach reflects an alarming reality: Southern Monterey Bay, Marina in particular, has the highest coastal erosion rate in the state of California. For more than 20 years, scientists have speculated about the sand mine’s contribution to that erosion rate, and a 2008 study concluded it was the primary cause. The Cemex mine in Marina is the only remaining coastal sand mine in the entire United States. Which leads to new questions…

Beach Sand Mining in Monterey Bay Causes a Dustup, WSJ (04-08-2014)
California’s Monterey Bay boasts one of the nation’s most protected coastlines, situated within a federal sanctuary that imposes bans on everything from Jet Skis to offshore drilling. Yet most days, hundreds of tons of sand are harvested from one of its most picturesque beaches, in a mining operation now coming under increased state and local scrutiny…

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (GEA-March 2014)
Despite the colossal quantities of sand and gravel being used, our increasing dependence on them and the significant impact that their extraction has on the environment, this issue has been mostly ignored by policy makers and remains largely unknown by the general public.
In March 2014 The United Nations released its first Report about sand mining. “Sand Wars” film documentary by Denis Delestrac – first broadcasted on the european Arte Channel, May 28th, 2013, where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013 – expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish this 2014-Global Environmental Alert.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Multi-Award-Winning Filmmaker Denis Delestrac ©-2013.

Documentary ‘Sand Wars’ Highlights Local, Global Sand Crises; Santa Cruz Sentinel (06-19-2015)

Namibia: Illegal Sand Miners to Face The Music

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Naukluft Coastal Dunes, Namibia. Photo courtesy of: © Brock Hesselsweet

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Ever-escalating illegal sand mining operations which have been largely ignored over the years could soon become a thing of the past as government has warned that offenders would face the consequences of their actions…

Read Full Article, All’Africa (07-06-2016)

Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered, Namibia, All’Africa (01-04-2011)
While sand mining in the Swakop River is a crucial element of coastal development, concern is mounting over the uncontrolled sand mining taking place in the Swakop River, which is creating dangerous conditions as well as causing severe environmental damage…

The environmental loss of illegal sand mining in South Africa, ENCA (01-07-2016)

“The Shore Break,” A Movie From Riley Grunenwald; Variety (03-02-2016)
A gorgeous stretch of the Wild Coast is the object of a standoff between corrupt pro-mining forces interested in mining the local beach sand for titanium, and a South African coastal community. The drama is structured around two diametrically opposed protagonists…

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (GEA-March 2014)
Despite the colossal quantities of sand and gravel being used, our increasing dependence on them and the significant impact that their extraction has on the environment, this issue has been mostly ignored by policy makers and remains largely unknown by the general public.
In March 2014 The United Nations released its first Report about sand mining. “Sand Wars” film documentary by Denis Delestrac – first broadcasted on the european Arte Channel, May 28th, 2013, where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013 – expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish this 2014-Global Environmental Alert.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Multi-Award-Winning Filmmaker Denis Delestrac ©-2013.

Maha Oya Sand Mining To Affect Millions, Sri Lanka

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Coastal erosion, Galle, Sri Lanka. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care.
“Sand is the second most consumed natural resource, after water. The construction-building industry is by far the largest consumer of this finite resource. The traditional building of one average-sized house requires 200 tons of sand; a hospital requires 3,000 tons of sand; each kilometer of highway built requires 30,000 tons of sand… A nuclear plant, a staggering 12 million tons of sand…” Captions by “Sand Wars” Multi-Awards Winning Filmmaker: © Denis Delestrac (2013).

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Excessive sand mining activities in the Maha Oya river had caused reduction of sand supply to the coastline, breaking the natural sand equilibrium of the beaches, a study reveals.

The coastal stretch from Negombo to Chilaw has been identified as the most eroded coastline in Sri Lanka, of which between 80 and 85 per cent of the degradation is attributed to exacerbated sand mining in the Maha Oya…

Read Full Article, The Sunday Leader News (07-10-2016)

Let’s Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona (12-2013)

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (GEA-March 2014)
Despite the colossal quantities of sand and gravel being used, our increasing dependence on them and the significant impact that their extraction has on the environment, this issue has been mostly ignored by policy makers and remains largely unknown by the general public.
In March 2014 The United Nations released its first Report about sand mining. “Sand Wars” film documentary by Denis Delestrac – first broadcasted on the european Arte Channel, May 28th, 2013, where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013 – expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish this 2014-Global Environmental Alert.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Multi-Award-Winning Filmmaker Denis Delestrac ©-2013.

Global Sand Mining: Learn More, Coastal Care

Montserrat residents and former premier outraged at public beach sand mining

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Beach sand mining, in paradise. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

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Montserrat residents are outraged and seeking answers as to why vast amounts of sand are being removed from Foxes Bay Beach in the south of the island.

New photos taken on the beach on Wednesday show the sand being collected and put into trucks belonging to a local mining company…

The removal of beach sand is a direct cause of erosion along many shorelines. It is very damaging to the beach fauna and flora, ruinous to beach aesthetics, and frequently causes environmental damage to other coastal ecosystems associated with the beach such as wetlands, says coastalcare.org.

Read Full Article, Caribbean News Now

Lawyer speaks out on beach sand mining, Montserrat, The Montserrat Reporter (05-27-2016)
Substantial quantity of sand is currently being removed from the southern end of Carrs Bay Beach, and area that is both environmentally and ecologically sensitive…

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (GEA-March 2014)
Despite the colossal quantities of sand and gravel being used, our increasing dependence on them and the significant impact that their extraction has on the environment, this issue has been mostly ignored by policy makers and remains largely unknown by the general public.
In March 2014 The United Nations released its first Report about sand mining. “Sand Wars” film documentary by Denis Delestrac – first broadcasted on the european Arte Channel, May 28th, 2013, where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013 – expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish this 2014-Global Environmental Alert.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Multi-Award-Winning Filmmaker Denis Delestrac ©-2013.

Sand Mining in Montserrat: Learn More, Coastal Care

Global Sand Mining: Learn More, Coastal Care

Liberia: Sand Mining Threatens Coastal Town

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Monrovia beach, Liberia. Photo source: ©© UN

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Harper, a town at West Africa’s most southern location, on Cape Palmas, is seriously under threat of being swallowed by violent waves from the Atlantic Ocean. The threat of erosion is blamed on persistent local sand mining…

Read Full Article, All’Africa

Former Liberia Minister Ponders Lawsuit Over Buchanan Ongoing Beach Sand Mining, Front Page Africa (06-15-2015)

Liberia: Coastal Defense Paradox – Beach Sand Mining Persists, All’Africa (02-08-2015)
Despite claims by the government of Liberia that it is committed to a coastal defense plan in order to save the city of Buchanan from sea erosion, beach sand mining in Central and Upper Buchanan continues on a weekly basis…

Liberia: Illegal Sand Mining Heightened, (02-22-2013)

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

Liberia’s Poor and the Rising Sea, IPS News (06-25-2014)
A report on the threat to the environment in Liberia released by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) states that erosion in this West African country is causing the shoreline to recede in some cities, including Buchanan, Greenville, Harper and Robertsport, and that beach sand mining is also said to be the main contributing factor…

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac
“Sand is the second most consumed natural resource, after water. The construction-building industry is by far the largest consumer of this finite resource. The traditional building of one average-sized house requires 200 tons of sand; a hospital requires 3,000 tons of sand; each kilometer of highway built requires 30,000 tons of sand… A nuclear plant, a staggering 12 million tons of sand…

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (March-2014)

Sand Mining in Liberia: Learn More, Coastal Care

Global Sand Mining: Learn More, Coastal Care

Lawyer speaks out on beach sand mining, Montserrat

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Views of Soufriere Hills Volcano and the capital Plymouth, covered by pyroclastic debris and ash by eruptions that began in 1995. Captions and Photo courtesy of: © Rob Young and Katie Peek, PSDS.

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Substantial quantity of sand is currently being removed from the southern end of Carrs Bay Beach, and area that is both environmentally and ecologically sensitive…

Read Full Article, The Montserrat Reporter (05-27-2016)

Ash to cash’: Montserrat gambles future on the volcano that nearly destroyed it; Guardian UK (01-28-2016)
Around 2010, sand mining began in the island’s exclusion zone – the area most at risk from volcanic activity where people are no longer allowed to live.
During the day, the island’s main artery road is clogged with sand-loaded trucks en route to the port. “It’s like a gold mine on Montserrat,” said Claude Hogan, Montserrat’s minister of agriculture, trade, housing, lands and environment…

Montserrat’s Unexpected Life; New York Times (02-05-2016)

Beijing highway: $600m road just the start of China’s investments in Caribbean, Guardian UK (12-26-2015)

Biologist urges action on illegal sand mining, Antigua; (05-24-2016)

Negril Chamber Outraged Over Sand-Mining Operations, Jamaica; Jamaica Gleaner (01-16-2016)
The Negril Chamber of Commerce has expressed outrage at what it says appears to be shady sand mining activities connected to major hotel developments in Negril and elsewhere on the North Coast…

Illegal Sand-Mining Threatens Sea Turtle Population, St Kitts-Nevis; Caribbean News (03-19-2011)

Sand Thieves Are Eroding World’s Beaches For Castles Of Cash, by Martine Valo, Le Monde (09-2013)
The pillaging of sand is a growing practice in the world. This is because it represents 80% of the composition of concrete that it is the object of such greed…

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (GEA-March 2014)
Despite the colossal quantities of sand and gravel being used, our increasing dependence on them and the significant impact that their extraction has on the environment, this issue has been mostly ignored by policy makers and remains largely unknown by the general public.
In March 2014 The United Nations released its first Report about sand mining. “Sand Wars” film documentary by Denis Delestrac – first broadcasted on the european Arte Channel, May 28th, 2013, where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013 – expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish this 2014-Global Environmental Alert.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Multi-Award-Winning Filmmaker Denis Delestrac ©-2013.

North Stradbroke Island sand mining to end by 2019

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Photo source: ©© Lileepod

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Sand mining will come to an end on North Stradbroke Island by 2019, reversing a decision by the former Newman administration to extend Sibelco’s lease to 2035…

Read Full Article, ABC News Australia (05-25-2016)

Newman vows to push ahead with sand mining on North Stradbroke Island, ABC queensland (08-20-2013)
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says the State Government will press ahead with plans to extend sand mining on North Stradbroke Island to 2035. He was responding to the release of a report that argues sand mining on the island, off Brisbane, should be regulated by federal rather than state environmental laws…

The Government Is Lying About Stradbroke Island Sand Mining, The Sydney Morning Herald (07-15-2014)
The Newman Government has misled the media and the public over its amendments to North Stradbroke Island sand mining legislation…

A line in the Sand: Rebuilding Stradbroke Island After Sand Mining, (04-15-2011)
A line in the sand, that’s what the Queensland State Government is calling its decision to end sand mining on Stradbroke Island in eight years time. An ABC News video, depicting the dilemmas of a sustainable environment and a sustainable economy…

Sand mining ban for North Stradbroke Island, Australia, (06-23-2010)
The ancient dunes of North Stradbroke Island will be saved under a bold new plan to phase out sand mining and convert the ecosensitive tourist playground to a national park. Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh, just announced that the Government will progressively halt sand mining on North Stradbroke Island by 2027…

Cronulla’s sand dunes survived Mad Max but now face a more insidious threat, Guardian UK (12-28-2015)
The once vast sand dunes in Sydney’s south have been farmed, trimmed down by sandmining, filmed and eroded by wind and rain. Now they face encroaching housing developments.

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (March 2014)

“Sand Wars,” An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac ©2013

Sand Mining in Australia: Learn More, Coastal Care

Global Sand Mining: Learn More, Coastal Care

Biologist urges action on illegal sand mining, Antigua

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Cocoa Point, Barbuda. Photo source: ©© Sharkbait

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A local marine biologist is urging the authorities to take a firmer stance on the crime of sand mining at beaches across the Antigua & Barbuda…

Read Full Article, Antigua Observer (05-21-2016)

Antigua Draws a Line in the Vanishing Sand, IPS News (04-16-2015)

Facing Tough Times, Barbuda Continues Sand Mining Despite Warnings, IPS News (07-16-2013)
Local scientists are warning the tiny 62-square-mile island of Barbuda, in the Antigua and Barbuda union, is becoming one of the most vulnerable spots on earth to the consequences of climate change. Worsening the problem is the long-time practice of sand removal from the island…

Facing Tough Times, Barbuda Continues Sand Mining Despite Warnings, IPS News (07-16-2013)

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (GEA-March 2014)
Despite the colossal quantities of sand and gravel being used, our increasing dependence on them and the significant impact that their extraction has on the environment, this issue has been mostly ignored by policy makers and remains largely unknown by the general public.
In March 2014 The United Nations released its first Report about sand mining. “Sand Wars” film documentary by Denis Delestrac – first broadcasted on the european Arte Channel, May 28th, 2013, where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013 – expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish this 2014-Global Environmental Alert.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Multi-Award-Winning Filmmaker Denis Delestrac ©-2013.

Sand Mining in Antigua: Learn More, Coastal Care

Global Sand Mining: Learn More, Coastal Care

Crimeans told to stop stealing sand from beaches

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Illegal beach sand mining. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care.
“Sand is the second most consumed natural resource, after water. The construction-building industry is by far the largest consumer of this finite resource. The traditional building of one average-sized house requires 200 tons of sand; a hospital requires 3,000 tons of sand; each kilometer of highway built requires 30,000 tons of sand… A nuclear plant, a staggering 12 million tons of sand…” Captions by “Sand Wars” Award-Winning Filmmaker: © Denis Delestrac (2013).

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Officials in Crimea are warning people to stop stealing sand from tourist beaches, or else face a prison sentence.

The peninsula’s beaches are being targeted by people who remove the sand for use as free building material, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reports. At more remote beaches it’s being taken away by the lorry-load, the paper says…

Read Full Article, BBC News

Sand Thieves Are Eroding World’s Beaches For Castles Of Cash, by Martine Valo, Le Monde (09-2013)
The pillaging of sand is a growing practice in the world. This is because it represents 80% of the composition of concrete that it is the object of such greed…

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (GEA-March 2014)
Despite the colossal quantities of sand and gravel being used, our increasing dependence on them and the significant impact that their extraction has on the environment, this issue has been mostly ignored by policy makers and remains largely unknown by the general public.
In March 2014 The United Nations released its first Report about sand mining. “Sand Wars” film documentary by Denis Delestrac – first broadcasted on the european Arte Channel, May 28th, 2013, where it became the highest rated documentary for 2013 – expressly inspired the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to publish this 2014-Global Environmental Alert.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Award-Winning Filmmaker Denis Delestrac ©-2013.


BE THE CHANGE:

PETITION: Take Action To End Global Beach Sand Mining, Coastal Care

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Illegal sand mining, coastal Morocco. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care