Guatemala Reviews Mining Licenses

Following the lifting of a moratorium on exploration and mining licenses, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has announced a review of all environmental impact studies.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) analyzed 354 environmental impact studies, whose licenses were suspended after finding that there were shortcomings.

Because of the moratorium declared in 2011, 699 applications for mining and construction materials have accumulated, but now that it has been lifted, they are being processed in the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM). Of these, 17 are for the exploitation of metals (up to 25 years renewable), 331 are to locate, study, analyze and evaluate sites for a period of three to seven years.

"The moratorium, described by mining sectors as 'illegal', has been lifted, but now the Ministry of Environment has announced that it will perform stricter checks on companies," reported

"The Ministry-of Environment, as lead agency in environmental issues, is required to perform these checks," said the Environment Minister, Roxana Sobenes.

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Guatemala Rejects Study to Exploit Iron

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Guatemala: Environmental Impact Assessment for Iron Mine

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A Chinese-Australian owned mining company has now presented the EIA required by Guatemalan authorities in order to explore for iron in beach sands.

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Tahoe Resources announced that the Environmental Impact Study for the Escobal mine project has been approved by the corresponding authorities.

The start of construction is scheduled for May 2012, subject to obtaining all necessary permits. Production should begin in late 2013.

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