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Colombia deals new blow to mining interests

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Colombia’s constitutional court demanded on Tuesday that the government take immediate measures to save the country’s main river in the west from being destroyed by illegal armed groups’ gold mining operations.

The river, which stretches through the troubled Choco province is off-limits to legal mining because of its unique ecosystems, but has been disputed by illegal armed groups like the ELN and the AGC, who frequently clash over territorial and economic control in the gold-rich region.

Source: Colombia Reports