Guatemala Seeks Mining Moratorium

The Guatemalan government intends to impose a two year moratorium on the mining industry, in order to study a new law for the sector.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

From a press release by the Guatemalan Government:

President Otto Perez Molina announced that his government has taken the "transcendent" decision to propose a moratorium on the mining industry, which will lead to the bill that will be presented to Congress on Wednesday.

The president, along with the Minister of Energy and Mines, Erick Archila, and the head of the National Dialogue System, Miguel Ángel Balcárcel, addressed the issue of the conflict generated in the mining sector in the sixth edition of the "De Frente con el Presidente" (Face to Face with the President) which airs on Tuesday nights on broadcast television channels.

He stressed that the purpose is that Members approve a two-year moratorium, a time period in which a study will be made of the authorization of a new law for the mining industry and a national dialogue conducted between the government, communities and key sectors of the country so that decisions can be made on the actions to be taken regarding metal mining.

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