KIEN GIANG (VNS) — The People's Committee of southern Kien Giang Province recently banned mining and extracting minerals at 97 sites until 2020.
The restricted areas include historical and cultural locations, tourist destinations, protective forests, special use forests, geological conservation sites, planning zones for security and national defense, religious locations, and protection zones for transportation, irrigation, dykes, water supplies, drainage, waste disposal, electrical conduction, petrol, gas and communications.
Prohibited limestone quarries are located in many mountains, such as Da Dung, Bai Voi and Son Tra. Locations of quarries for construction stones include Hon Dat District and Hon Tre in Kien Hai District. The mining of peat coal in U Minh Thuong District has also been banned. — VNS