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Ecuador Restarts Mines after COVID-19 Lockdown

Mining News - Published on Tue, 19 May 2020

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Ecuador has restarted some mining operations that were paused for nearly two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ecuador’s vice minister of mining Fernando Benalcazar said thatEcuador’s two largest mines, Fruta del Norte and Mirador, are preparing to restart operations gradually, while smaller gold miners in the south have already begun transporting minerals. The Andean country’s government, in need of revenue to help service a heavy debt load, approved new security protocols for mineral transport and the return of workers to the mines. Mining activity has fallen by 60% due to quarantine measures to stem one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Latin America.

Some residents of the town of Zamora near the Fruta del Norte mine said they do not believe the company is doing enough. Three people, including one member of the local police force, were arrested over the weekend for seeking to block vehicles bringing materials to and from the mine, though they have since been released.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 19 May 2020
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