Xstrata Nickel defends planned Dominican Republic mine
Santo Domingo.- Executives of Xstrata Nickel Falcondo and the technicians who conducted the environmental impact study on the Loma Miranda mining project on Thursday said they’re willing to do more research in the area, as the UN Development Program (UNDP) suggested and depends on the Environment Ministry’s requirement.
Falcondo environmental leader Fernando Cabrera said Environment had asked the company for additional analysis on hydrogeology to complete the studies prior to extracting ferronickel in Loma Miranda, La Vega in October 2012, but pending litigation put a halt to the studies.
After the UNDP disclosed its report last week, which concluded that the mining project “doesn’t meet the environmental and social requirements, and therefore the country’s sustainable development,” Environment has yet to contact Falcondo, Cabrera said.
Quoted by diariolibre.com, the executive said if the government approves the mining permit for Loma Miranda, the company would be able to start extraction in two years.
Alberto Vega, technical director of the international company Environment Resources Management (ERM), which conducted the impact study, reiterated that it meets all parameters to support the feasibility of mining Loma Miranda. “The study is solid and defensible, and is also in keeping with the main principles of sustainable management.”
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