‘Dominicans will have the ‘last word’ on nickel mine
Santo Domingo.- For Energy and Mines minister Antonio Isa, the possible nickel mining at the controversial Loma Miranda conditioned to a requirement he affirms has never been complied with, where “Dominican society will has the last word.”
He said the requirement is that Americano Nickel, and its parent company Global Special Opportunities LTD, owners of a 85.3% stake in the Falcondo mine, can extract the ferronickel under Loma Miranda, if Dominican society grants the “social license” to do so.
He said in the mining world, the social license to operate refers to the local communities’ acceptance of mining companies and their projects. “It’s assumed that the license to operate is granted by all affected parties wgucg could suffer some impact as a result of mining projects,” Isa said, quoted by diariolibre.com.
In Loma Miranda’s case, the official said the decision to grant the corresponding permit is up to the community of Bonao (central) and Dominican society. “I can say it at the top of my lungs… that while there’s a government committed to sustainable development and with environmental protection, and an organized and ready society to defend Loma Miranda, Loma Miranda will not exploited here.”
“We wanted to further strengthen the process, for over five years, or making them sign a letter, but we had to do so adhering to what the law allows us, Isa said. Therefore, on Loma Miranda, the next government and Dominican society will have the last word.”
May 9, 2016
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