Amendment to Mine-Related Laws Annuled in Argentina Due to Mass Protess Demonstrations: AEF

Amendment to Mine-Related Laws Annuled in Argentina Due to Mass Protess Demonstrations: AEF

Armenian Environmental Front

In the streets of Mendoza in 2007, as a result of public demand, so-called Law 7722 was born, also known as the Water Protection Act, which prohibits the use of hazardous and toxic chemicals during the operation of mines. However, in December 2019, Governor of Mendoza Rodolfo Suarez unexpectedly initiated and amended Law 7722, Act 9209, which abolished the ban on the use of sulfuric acid, cyanide and other toxic chemicals during the operation of the mines. And on December 22, he announced that he had received 19 bids for uranium, copper, zinc, gold, silver and iron mining projects.

On the same day, the streets of Mendoza province were filled with protests by tens of thousands of residents. In some places, even interstate roads linking Argentina with Chile were blocked. Some of Sanchez's party partners also released statements of disagreement with the law. And despite all this, police violence took place on December 23, with a spokesman for Sanchez announcing that the governor would sign and approve the amended law regardless of demonstrations. As a result of a week-long mass protest demonstrations, already on December 26, Sanchez announced that he would appeal to the state parliament on Monday to propose repealing 9209, and that no amendments to the mining legislation would be made without public consensus.

 

January 13, 2020 at 15:01