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Environment halts all amber extraction to prevent further ecological damage

Santiago.-  Environment Ministry officials accompanied by military personnel on Thursday halted all extraction of the semiprecious stone amber, to prevent further ecological damage at the Septentrional (northern) range.

The measure comes in the heels of frequent complaints by environmentalists and area residents concerned over damages.

The military detained several people for excavating the mountainside and for clearing trees, and seized amber mining equipment on the La Cumbre-Luperon tourist road near the town Tamboril.

Recently owners of land on the northern range expressed concern over squatters who use backhoes to extract amber, which the affirm damage not only areas near La Cumbre, but villages near Puerto Plata, where “businessmen” buy the resin-formed stone from farmers.

Clearings stunt rivers

Quoted by diariolibre.com, former Cibao Ecological Society (SOECI) president Nelson Bautista said at least six of the volume of the rivers whose source is the range has been reduced, some totally dry, by clearings to search for amber. “Among the most affected aquifer tributaries include Jacagua, Gurabo, Palo Quemado and San Francisco de Y√°sica and Yaroa.

Source: DT

Oct 20, 2016

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