Plug pulled on Vietnam's Ha Long Bay mining project

By Minh Cuong   June 28, 2017 | 04:02 pm GMT+7

Excessive mining could destroy the value and beauty of the world heritage site.

Quang Ninh authorities have suspended a project to mine three limestone outcrops near the world-renowned Ha Long Bay pending an investigation into its long-term effects.

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Work has already started in the area and can be seen from the bay.

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There is only road leading to the area, which some say is being illegally exploited.

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This area, which is around one kilometer from Ha Long Town, is under the management of Ha Long’s Navy, said Vu Van Hop, a provincial official.

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The province has asked the Ministry of National Defense to intervene on the case.

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A bulldozer operating at the site.

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All mining activities have been halted after public attention was raised on social media last week.

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The area in question. Photo captured from google.com/earth