Former Minister to Release New Book on Liberia’s Mining Sector


Renowned Liberian Geologist Dr. Eugene Shannon has disclosed that his long awaited book about the mining sector in Liberia will be release early next month.

Dr. Shannon who is also the former Minister of the Ministry of Mines and Energy explained that the new book gives a description of the role the extractive industry plays in the economic sector of most developing countries.

The book, titled: “Safeguarding the Environment in Mining Development Projects”, also describes the activities of transnational corporations (TNCs) in the mining sector.

“Safeguarding the Environment in Mining Development Projects” explores topics ranging from the impacts on the economy, employment generation and mitigation measures to address externalities as a result of improper effluent disposal.

Dr. Shannon, who is also a professor of geology at the University of Liberia, holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BSc) in geology and chemistry from Western Michigan University, Kalamozoo, Michigan, USA and the University of Liberia.

Dr. Shannon also holds a Master’s Degree (MSc) in geochemistry and Clay mineralogy from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in petrology and Geochemistry from Syracuse University, New York, USA.

The book written by Dr. Shannon makes significant recommendations to both the Government of Liberia and investors.

“It is equally important that any investor wishing to explore and eventually exploit mineral resources in developing countries should provide a management plan to the state authorities for approval before mining operation commences,” the book states.

As an advice to the government, the book indicates that; “The activities of Transnational Corporations (TNC) have made major impacts on the economies and employment generation of most third world countries through technology transfer and mining ventures.”

“First, mandatory environmental codes should be set by government so as to control the behavior of TNCs. Second, funding agencies such as the World Bank and other leading institutions should link environmental considerations as a condition to the disbursement of funds to the recipient and, thirdly, the developing countries in cooperation with the appropriate UN agency should develop a regional resource data bank on the environment, conduct periodic reviews of environmental legislations and assist government with an analysis of land use planning.

Dr. Shannon’s Safeguarding Mining book also pointed to the House of Legislature indicating that: “The impact assessment must comply with legislation, setting standards for mining as they affect the environment. Such legislation must be specific and must address all relevant environmental issues including solid and liquid wastes disposal etc. amongst others.

The book details the Environmental Management Plan which consists of a set of measures to be taken during implementation and operations for both pre-mining and mining operations to eliminate, offset or reduce adverse environmental impacts to acceptable levels.

Dr. Shannon’s book is believed to have touched the nerves of several environmental issues including, waste, Health, meteorological, climate, costal and marine resources, mitigations and Cradle-to Grave Management Plan amongst others.

Meanwhile, the book is expected to be sold for twenty three United States dollars and can also be purchased online at, or


  1. In the mist of an investigation as suspects for stealing oil money, Liberian educators involved should focus on writing on levels that will allow the 85% illiterate to understand the need to protect the value of natural resources. Use dialects or common scientific language to bring the point and not shield the take. Can theories in book learning cover up impunity or crimes that tear the nation of its alluvial right, especially by those who were benefited by Government support to learn developed science bargains to return and service the Liberian people? Regardless, optimal and lowest measures they suffice to have attain, it has not yet equated the Liberian need. There were many examples visible before and after the war, when many were prosecuted for lust to political positions rather than keep the promises made in exchange for the physical fix or contribution to invent or develop this nation. As consequential rewards, power and wealth have been the motive and infrastructural reconstruction still remains to be the challenge of disposable funds for both their private and public interest. We should no longer grant Liberian government scholarships to those who exploit government’s resources for repayments of personal gains. Government obligations are paid in the form of accruals. They are not refunded to or reversed with personal shed-resistant sealed in broken motions. One way or another many book people will emerge. But the question is, how many Liberians of the 15% will even understand these books, Not to speak of the uneducated? Especially when in broken English and charging United States Dollars for each instead in Liberian money. Answer the Liberian people. Speaking Liberian, do not talk with me in person. Talk to Liberians as a people.
    Gone to silent majority.

  2. Bravo, Dr Eugene Shannon, my astute professor at UL for being so thoughtful to give back by passing on knowledge to geologist, mining engineers, stakeholders, as well as the government through your quintessential effort to write a book for our use.
    Now Dr Shannon, you can go to bed and sleep soundly knowing that you have served your country with Legacy par Excellence.

    I am inspired by your lectures. Over the years, based on what we know as your students at the department of geology, UL, you will continously be cherished as one of Liberia’s erudite Ministers, scholar, and reputable citizens. We know that a handful of reactionaries orchestrated a backwards scheme to by all means dent and tint your immaculate character you’ve built over decades upon decades. They were trashed based on the illegality of their claims.

    Long live the resilience of Dr Eugene Shannon, long live the department of geology, and Long live the Republic of Liberia!

  3. One of the most corrupt ministers in the previous government of EJS. This man stole so much money by signing a lot of bogus concession deals. He should be in prison reading the Bible and not outside writing a book. But then again, the whole damn country is corrupt, hence the reason some would think he’s a saint for writing a book on a particular subject that he used to siphon resources from the suffering and poor people of Liberia.

  4. Hey! Dr Shannon, good job. I hope the government of Liberia will carefully follow your recommendation
    as certain business men and women do mining business in Liberia.
    IDE Bantu


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