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Ecuador: Judge Halts Excavation Of Gold Mine

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- 293 days ago -
A judge in Cuenca, Ecuador suspends a Chinese companyâEUR(TM)s mining concession saying that itâEUR(TM)s unconstitutional. A major gold and silver mine site in southern Ecuador was forced to suspend exploring for minerals.


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Derry Richardson (38)
Monday June 4, 2018, 6:45 am
Thank you, noted!

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Monday June 4, 2018, 6:46 am
Judge Paul Serrano of the Cuenca civil court ruled over the weekend that the Ecuagoldming Rio Blanco mining concession financed by the Chinese company Junefield violates articles 57 and 398 of the nation’s 2008 constitution. The articles mandate that the government provide various public hearings in communities that may be environmentally affected by nearby projects.

Negotiations for the Rio Blanco mine began in 2000 but escalated in 2016, as did protests by community members of Molleturo and Rio Blanco who say that they have seen their local streams become contaminate over the past two years. These same fluvials provide drinking water to one of Ecuador’s biggest cities, Cuenca. The Rio Blanco area serves as a buffer zone that protects the ecosystems of nearby Cajas National Park.

The case was brought to the court by Ecuarunari, a decades-old indigenous rights group in Ecuador, citing that the towns potentially most affected by the mining projects – Molletero and Chaucha – had not been consulted as required by the constitution. Critics say that there was never any public hearing made available in Cuenca, a city of well over half a million people.

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Animae C (508)
Monday June 4, 2018, 6:46 am
Woohoo, BRAVO Judge Paul Serrano!!!

Derry Richardson (38)
Monday June 4, 2018, 6:48 am
Thank you, noted!

Nita L (127)
Monday June 4, 2018, 9:43 am
Great news!
Thank you dear Fiona

Colleen L (3)
Monday June 4, 2018, 10:11 am
Wonderful news. Bravo Judge Paul Serrano. Thanks Fiona

Sue H (7)
Monday June 4, 2018, 11:02 am
Kudos to the Judge!

Melania Padilla (123)
Monday June 4, 2018, 4:12 pm

Anne K (139)
Tuesday June 5, 2018, 5:43 pm
Thanks, Fiona.

Janis K (129)
Tuesday June 5, 2018, 7:06 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Janet B (0)
Tuesday June 5, 2018, 7:31 pm

S J (124)
Wednesday June 6, 2018, 2:44 am
Meows Fiona meow

SylvieBusy A (190)
Thursday June 7, 2018, 2:31 am
Thank you for sharing.

Angela J (61)
Thursday June 7, 2018, 5:25 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Thursday June 7, 2018, 11:29 pm
So glad

Judy C (91)
Friday June 8, 2018, 12:31 am
The battle is far from being won, but this recent decision to at least allow locals' input to be heard before mining can proceed. At least there's were in the hope that the tide may be turning against the multinational mining companies in Ecuador. Thanks Fiona.

TOM T (247)
Friday June 8, 2018, 2:18 pm
S & N Thanks for sharing .....

Richard A (2)
Saturday June 9, 2018, 7:29 am
Thank you for bringing attention to this.

Angela J (61)
Saturday June 9, 2018, 10:03 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday June 11, 2018, 12:22 am
Thans again

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday July 17, 2018, 12:32 am
Thanks again
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