Bai Tu Long Bay ruined by coal ports
  • | laodong, dtinews.vn | July 08, 2019 03:15 PM
Bai Tu Long bay in Cam Pha City, Quang Ninh Province, is under serious threats by the coal mines and ports which discharge waste directly into the environment.


Coal mining activities in Bai Tu Long Bay

There are many illegal coal waste sites and ports in Bai Tu Long Bay along with the coal mines and ports belong to Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) and Dong Bac Corporation. The ports are located from Quang Hanh Ward to Cua Ong Ward, the most convenient location for coal shipping, but have polluted the Bai Tu Long Bay for years along with the Cam Pha Cement Plant and Cam Pha Thermal Power Plant.

Bai Tu Long has a natural beauty and is often compared to Ha Long Bay. It is also one of the key destinations in Quang Ninh for international tourism development.

However, a part of the bay is ideal for ports, both legal and illegal. When the reporters or authorities inspected the site, all illegal activities were halted but resumed quickly afterwards. Both the land and water are heavily polluted because of coal mining activities.

In the coming time, a new road connecting Ha Long and Cam Pha City will be opened and run through Bai Tu Long Bay. It is hoped that this road will bring more job opportunities and boost sustainable economic development.

Cao Tuong Huy, vice chairman of Quang Ninh Province People's Committee, said they hoped to be able to remove illegal ports along Bai Tu Long Bay. However, it's not easy to deal with the coal mining area since this is the main source of coal export in Cam Pha.

Without the ports, the coals will have to be transported by trucks and through several local ports before they can be shipped to other countries. Moreover, this area is included in the coal port development plan in the governmental Decision 403 issued in 2016.

When being asked about Cam Thinh coal waste site, Huy said Cua Ong Coal Company would be banned from dumping any more waste from next year.

Nguyen Hong Duong, chairman of Cam Pha City, said in the near future, only the ports and coal gathering sites of Vinacomin and Dong Bac Corporation would be allowed to operate in this area and with a smaller scale.

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