Chile Court Gives Copper Mine 90-day Water Pumping Reprieve

Environmental Assessment Service urged to complete its work

28 Sep 2021 by Local Press Report

A Chilean court handed a reprieve to BHP's Cerro Colorado copper mine in September, agreeing to suspend a ban on it pumping water from an aquifer for 90 days as it prepares a fresh operational continuity plan. After complaints by locals over the relatively small copper mine's impact on natural resources, the same First Environmental Court in July ruled that the operation must start again from scratch on seeking permits to operate. "Once that period has expired if the mine does not have approval for its environmental plan, the mining company will not continue to extract water," the court said in a statement.

Source: Reuters

Source: Reuters

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