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Colombian towns form alliance to combat mining

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

An environmental lawyer who has already helped several towns ban mining in their territory, said he will help create a provincial assembly in western Colombia with more powers to exclude mining.

Juan Ceballos, a lawyer with a passion for the environment, plans to help residents in the Antioquia department in western Colombia form a provincial constituent assembly in order to protect their land from mining projects.

"I am talking to 23 municipalities who want to protest against mining and protect their territory. I already have 80 local councillors and six or seven mayors signed up," Ceballos said "They are prepared to fight."

Source: Colombia Reports