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Peruvian President Rejects Call to Cancel Copper Mining Project Permit

Metal News - Published on Thu, 18 Jul 2019

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Reuters reported that Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra rejected the demand of a regional governor to cancel within 72 hours the construction permit for a copper mining project that has led to protests. Vizcarra said in a public appearance in Lima, responding to a reporter’s question about Caceres’ request that “You cannot cancel [a construction permit]. We have to talk. The government approved the project when legal requirements were met and that Southern Copper said it would not begin construction until it gains more support from people who live in the area.”

Residents from the area bordering Southern Copper Corp’s USD 1.4 billion Tia Maria copper mine project in the south of Peru, which is the second largest copper producer in the world, began protesting on Monday with a blockade of a portion of Peru’s main coastal highway.

Officials from the southern region of Arequipa said the government had not taken into account the community’s concern that the mining operation would contaminate its water sources and land when it granted a construction permit on July 9.

Demonstrations have previously derailed the project when at least six protesters were killed in clashes with police in 2011 and 2015.

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Posted By : Amom Remju on Thu, 18 Jul 2019
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