EDITORIAL:‘Lethal Killer’ In Town?

 Indeed, it is very difficult to reluctantly shy away from the motivational wise council for sure, its presence continues to position us to be mindful of our security, existence, and conduct regarding how we see others’ safety and the implementation in ensuring all due courtesy tied to absolute protectionism.

One of such motivational expressions is very vivid, simple, and clear- where there is smoke, truly, fire is either there or not far from showing up.

Another one, for those who have been bitten by a snake, will never take even a fast crossing lizard’s tail for granted; and by extension, for any alerted-minded individual who has seen a dead body of Boa, would ever venture to make a farm in such terrain.

So what goes up must come down. Now, for some time running, the airwave had been loaded with news that some lethal killer (chemical) was brought into the country for use by a company operating in the country; and despite the serious and expensive noise caused the latter fell on deaf ear, and became business as usual.

Recently, a very troubling and scary piece of the report started going around about some strange and dangerous chemical(lethal killer) that was causing a stir in some parts of the country with many people disturbingly asking:  who are those behind the arrival of such chemical, and did they obtain permission from the requisite government’s agency before importing the latter?

Well, be as it may, the simmering news and its attended fear has finally claimed the attention of the senate and is now putting its feet hard on the ground to know all about the genesis to revelation, all about the lethal killer and the authorization of its importation into the country.

Based on the urgency of the chemical and the sample of danger reflected, the Plenary of the Liberian Senate has cited authorities of Lands, Mines and Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to appear before the Senate Standing Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment.

 Accordingly, they will appear to address concerns about chemicals allegedly used by Bea Mountain Mining Company (BMMC) which has resulted in the pollution of the Mafa River in Grand Cape Mount County, leaving several species dead, including a dog that ate some of the species.

Based on the Plenary’s mandate, the Chairman of the Committee Senator Simeon B. Taylor cited the relevant institutions to a hearing on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, to institute measures to tackle said emerging environmental crisis.

The decision by the Senate to cite the relevant institutions was based on a disclosure made by Cllr. Varney G. Sherman during the Senate’s deliberation Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

Senator Sherman in his presentation called on the Senate to immediately launch an investigation into the alleged environmental crisis in his County to remedy the situation as it borders on the lives of the citizenry in that part of the country.

According to a report from the county, up to 12 Communities in Grand Cape Mount County are now living in fear, due to the widespread of chemicals in their River. Moreover, the Town Chief noted that this is not the first time to experience water pollution by the Bea Mountain Mining Company.

Mustapha Parbai pointed out that it happened in 2016 and as a result, they asked the company for relocation of the community of which the Company did not do.

 As it is now, the company has not said anything tangible about the water pollution instead, they have continued to collect the water for examination since Saturday, and they have also provided 30 sacks of bottled water to Jenkandor Community which happens to be the most affected community.

Bea Mountain Mining Corporation (“BMMC”) wishes to inform the public that no abnormal conditions have taken place in its plant. There is also no discharge from the plant. All protocols in keeping with EPA guidelines and best practices are intact. However, we have sent a specialist environmental team to investigate the allegations of pollution in the surrounding water streams.

In furtherance to the steps taken above, BMMC has also engaged an independent government-certified laboratory to collect samples from the areas that are reported to be impacted. BMMC will keep the public informed on the results of all investigations that are underway.

In spite of a release from the Bea Mountain Mining Company trying to pacify the life-threatening debacle, we are calling on the government to move in swiftly and contain the creeping menace before it turns very catastrophic, with losing or damaging many precious lives, and an environment grimly derelict.

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