Dom. Rep.: Community opposes GoldQuest mining project over possible environmental damage; company responds

Residents of the province of San Juan oppose GoldQuest's Romero mining project, alleging that the development of the project can damage the environment, particularly the water sources in the area. The Academy of Sciences has also expressed opposition to the installation of the mine. The complete allegations are only available in Spanish here. Business & Human Rights Resource Center invited GoldQuest to respond; the response is available below

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Company response
27 February 2018

GoldQuest Response

Author: GoldQuest

Response by GoldQuest Dominicana s.r.l. and GoldQuest Mining Corporation with regards to an article entitled, “Proyecto Minero Romero en SJM camino al colapso”

…The statement…that the residents of the San Juan Province are opposed to the project is not supported by sources cited or data… Within the communities in the impact zone of the project, there is an overwhelming favorable response, in part due to the need for steady income and in part due to confidence developed between GoldQuest and local communities during an 8-year exploration phase in the village of Hondo Valle…GoldQuest has submitted to the Dominican Government…a design for a subterranean mining project that harvests rainwater and will use no water from the San Juan River. The proposed operation will rely on efficient water use and recycling, will not discharge anything into the San Juan River, a physical processing regime of a concentrate of gold, silver, copper for export. There will be no use of chemicals that can contaminate the San Juan River…The Romero Project has not received the mining concession…The project is in the first stage permitting process…[T]he Academy, or persons identifying themselves with the academy have been in print and mass media wanting to ban all mining in the Cordillera Central. These individuals have alleged the use of cyanide, excessive use of water from the San Juan River, among others, that are categorically false…The article reviewed presents legal, technical, and conceptual errors that could have been avoided through a simple inquiry. GoldQuest welcomes an open dialogue and exchange of information about the Romero project and invites the author(s) and readers of this article to contact us at [email protected] for more information

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