Colombia Ban May Spur Illegal Gold Pits

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Manifestation d'environnementalistes à Bogotà, Colombie, contre les licences d'exploitation que le gouvernement avait donné à Greystar

Manifestation d’environnementalistes à Bogotà, Colombie, contre les licences d’exploitation que le gouvernement avait donné à Greystar © AFP PHOTO/Guillermo Legaria

Colombia’s ban on mining in highland ecosystems could be a double-edged sword — it may attract illegal miners to the delicate areas where established mining companies cannot operate.

The example of Canada’s Greystar — which last month withdrew permit requests for its gold and silver project over environmental concerns — has crystallized Colombia’s dilemma of trying to balance environmental concerns while boosting investment in its oil and mining sectors.

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