Loma Miranda, La Vega, was declared National Park, no deal for Xstrata Nickel’s mine
Santo Domingo.- Loma Miranda, in central La Vega province, was declared National Park today, after the Chamber of Deputies passed the bill in an emergency session with two roll calls, dealing a blow to a planned nickel mine.
The project deputies Elpidio Infante Galán, Aridio Reyes, Evangelina Sosa Vasquez, Ramón Rogelio Genao and Hugo Núñez and other lawmakers from La Vega defended the legislation which must now go to the Senate.
Lower Chamber Environment Committee chair Ricardo Contreras slammed the Environment Ministry for in his view having failed to issue its opinion on the creation of the protected area, despite seeking it for more than two years, “which reveals that institution’s weakness.”\
He said the Environment Ministry is the one agency empowered to declare Loma Miranda a protected area.
Environmentalists and other groups which opposed mining at Loma Miranda protested for months against Canadian miner Xstrata Nickel’s plans to extract gold and nickel ore.
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