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Chile Doubles Down On Weak Glacier Protection Regime


Representatives of Chile’s ruling party Chile Vamos defended this weekend a government proposal to allow mining companies to operate on rocky glaciers that are not listed in the national system of wild protected areas. At present, most of Chile’s glaciers are not protected and any development activities carried out on or around them are treated on a case-by-case basis. According to senator David Sandoval, who is a member of the Environment Commission, a total ban on industrial activities on and around glaciers would leave close to 30,000 people unemployed. He advocated for the regulation to be compatible with the mining industry while at the same time ensuring that the latest technology is used to minimize environmental impacts.