Local advocacy group Health Network Sierra Leone called last week for a suspension of UK-based London Mining’s activities at the Marampa iron ore site, Awoko reports. The organisation accuses London Mining of not employing enough locals in the operations and damaging the environment, and sees the company in a “pecuniary conspiracy” with government officials. A government environmental watchdog produced a strongly-worded, all-caps statement which denies the NGO’s accusations have “a scintilla of merit”, while largely avoiding responsibility for any issues related to the project beyond “the rehabilitation of mined out areas”.
London Mining started producing iron ore at Marampa in 2011. Their other operations have included the Xiaonanshan 小南山 mine in Anhui, China, and, notably, a large project in Isua, Greenland, for which they finally received an exploitation licence.