HCMC – The government of Quang Ninh Province has told the FLC Group Joint Stock Company (FLC) to pay more than VND8 billion for the volume of groundwater the firm illegally pumped to irrigate its golf course from 2018 to 2021.
Over the three-year period, the golf course pumped around 600,000 cubic meters of groundwater without license.
According to Decision 412 issued on February 22 by the Quang Ninh People’s Committee, FLC made illegitimate gains through the unlicensed pumping of groundwater at the FLC golf course in the province’s Halong City.
The provincial government said FLC had dug three borewells, GK04, GK07 and GK08, in Ha Trung Ward, Halong City between March 2018 and March 17, 2021, even though it had secured no prior permission from the local authority.
Quang Ninh later fined FLC VND205 million for this administrative violation in September 2022.
The exploitation of groundwater has adversely impacted the groundwater volume, the geologic structure and eroded soil in the area, according to the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment.