Governor Threatens to Revoke 90 Problematic Mining Permits

Gold from ilegal mining at Degeuwo River - Jubi
Gold from ilegal mining at Degeuwo River – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has threatened to to revoke 90 problematic mining permits, which failed to meet the category of clean and clear (CnC).

Head of Papua Mineral and Energy Resource Office Bangun Manurung said in Jayapura on last week the government is committed to making good on its promise to clean up mineral and coal mining management in Papua.

“It is a follow up of the coordination and supervision activities in mining management initiated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK),” he said.

The governor has the authority to evaluate and revoke the problematic mining permit holders and those who cannot meet the clean and clear category. “There are about 90 mining permits to be revoked because of the overlapping,” he said.

During the time, the regents do not provide database on mine permits in their regions to governor for evaluation. Thus, although it was listed in the database but the documents are not existed. “In fact, most of mining permits in Papua is overlapping. If it’s not completed until May, the permit would be revoked,” said Manurung.

Earlier, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Sudirman Said emphasized to revoke the holders of problematic permit and without CnC category. As previously reported, there are 3,966 IUPs that have not met the category.

Minister Sudirman Said targeted the restoring of business permit for mineral and coal sector could be completed in May 2016. Therefore, the mining permit holders must immediately fix the legal requirements to avoid the revocation.

“We are targeting within May 2016, they (problematic mining permits) could be completed. Hopefully we can do it,” said the minister. (Alexander Loen/rom)