Will Loma Miranda be made a National Park?
The special Senate commission that is studying the bill received from the Chamber of Deputies that declares Loma Miranda a National Park as a way of preventing mining in the area has submitted a report favoring the preservation of the La Vega mountain area. The commission added a 10km2 buffer zone to the area to be protected. The National Park will cover an area of 42.75Km2, as reported in El Dia.
The proposed bill that would be submitted by the Senate, and that would require ratification in the Chamber of Deputies, orders a 10% increase for environmental permits in order to generate savings to compensate buyers of land that will not be able to be mined.
Falcondo Xstrata, which owns a large portion of land in the mountain, seeks to mine in the area but has met with strong opposition from the Catholic Church hierarchy in the province and La Vega Senator Euclides Sanchez.
Environmentalists point to the deforestation caused by Falcondo in Loma Peguera where the mining company has extracted ferronickel reserves.
Father Rogelio Cruz accused Falcondo of planning an accident that occurred between La Vega and Bonao in which 12 people who work in his foundation were injured. Cruz claims that Falcondo had planned the accident to get rid of him, as reported in telenoticias.com.do
The government has consulted with the UNDP, which advised against any mining in the mountain and went further by saying the nation should decide on its future as a mining country.
Senator Felix Nova described the Senate commission report as “irresponsible,” saying that if it passes in the Senate the Presidency would have to veto it, as reported in Hoy.
Lawyer Eduardo Jorge Prats says that the government would have to pay US$4 billion in compensation to Falcondo if Congress declares the mountain area a National Park.
Hoy publishes a report today, Thursday 5 June, on the ecotourism attractions of the mountain that is located 17 km from the city of La Vega. The report highlights the area’s tourism potential, as an economic option that is more sustainable than mining.
Source: DR1, Hoy.com.do
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