Illegal Gold Mine Contaminating Clean Water Source of Bengkayang Residents Located in Protected Forest
Date: March 4, 2022
In this regard, previously carried out socialization activities, counseling, routine patrols to increase public awareness. However, according to Henry, it is still ineffective and illegal mining activities still occur and are even more widespread.
Therefore, explained Henry, he asked the Center for Environmental and Forestry Law Enforcement Section III West Kalimantan through the Head of the West Kalimantan Environment and Forestry Service to enforce the law.
It was reported that the source of clean water for PDAM Tirta Bengkayang at Intake Riam Madi, Tiga Berkat Village, Lumar District, Bengkayang Regency, West Kalimantan (West Kalimantan), was polluted by waste from illegal gold mining activities (PETI). As a result, at least 35,000 customers are threatened by the dangers of mercury.
Various handling and prevention efforts have been carried out to stop these illegal activities. Starting from dialogue with local residents, to holding traditional ceremonies, mining activities are still being carried out.
In fact, the joint team which has routinely carried out patrols in the last two years has only been cat and mouse with the perpetrators. "The location of mining activities is difficult to reach. From Intake Madi, about 2 hours on foot. The road passes through the forest, hilly and steep. In addition, there are lots of rat trails and the perpetrators understand the location better," said Bengkayang Police Criminal Investigation Unit Head Iptu Ambril when met on Monday (28/2/2022).