Miner spends millions to shelve National Park status
Santo Domingo.- La Vega province (central) senator Euclides Sánchez on Wednesday accused Xstrata Nickel’s local mining company Falcondo of spending millions to get the Senate to “shelve” the bill to designate Loma Miranda as a national park.
“I call on the Senate and to the Special Commission that is studying the proposed legislation to session immediately to declare Loma Miranda as a National Park, because thus established by the UN Development Program and the Dominican people,” the lawmaker said, just hours after the Canadian miner reiterated the “feasibility” of its project at the disputed site.
Sanchez said the legislators will abide by what the agencies and organizations of the sector decide. “We’ll do what the Environment Ministry says, and what civil society organizations say.”
Between a rock and a hard place
Meanwhile former vice president Rafael Alburquerque agrees that the country’s resources should be exploited, as long as the ecology is protected. “The Government should demand the technology which allows environment-friendly exploitation and which doesn’t jeopardize the forests.”
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