Government of Colombia Urged to Block Mining Project

From the Latin American Herald Tribune:

The Colombian Inspector General’s Office has asked the president of Colombia to consider halting a Canadian firm’s open-pit mining project in the northeast part of the country.

The project is unfeasible because it is located in the paramo – or Andean high-altitude – ecosystem of Santurban, Inspector General Alejandro Ordoñez said in a formal notification addressed to Environment, Housing and Territorial Development Minister Beatriz Uribe.

The paramo areas “should be excluded” from Greystar Resources Ltd.’s mining project in keeping with legal requirements, Ordoñez said.

The Canadian multinational needs only to obtain an environmental license before it can begin developing the Angostura Mining Project, located in a highland area of Santander province.

Environmentalists opposed to the mining project note that water sources in the Santurban supply Bucaramanga, Santander’s capital. The Committee for the Defense of Santurban’s Water Resources and Paramo have cited German Augusto Figueroa, former manager of the Metropolitan Aqueduct of Bucaramanga, as saying “the project represents a real threat to the city’s supply sources.”

(Bucaramanga is north of the capital, Bogota)

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