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2 Oct 2023

Folha de São Paulo

Brazil: Federal prosecutors say Mura Indigenous leaders were misled and that there is no agreement on consent to Brazil Potash

"Brazil Potash says Mura accept Amazon mine, prosecutors disagree", 29 September 2023

...Brazil Potash Corp, the Canadian firm planning to build Latin America's largest fertilizer mine in the Amazon rainforest, says a local Indigenous people, the Mura, have agreed to the project...Brazil Potash touted the support on Tuesday, a day after a meeting between company executives, Mura leaders, local politicians and Governor Wilson Lima, who has backed the mine to bring investment and jobs to Amazonas state...

Federal prosecutors in Manaus, however, said support for the mine was not unanimous and provided a letter from a Mura village saying community leaders had been misled into signing meeting minutes that the company construed as approval for the mine. "There is no unanimity among the Mura regarding the mining project," the prosecutors office said in a statement. It added that a court order suspending the mine's license was in effect.

Brazil Potash said the Mura decided to hold a vote and more than 60% of those attending from 36 communities voted in favor...

Federal judge Jaiza Fraxe reiterated last month her 2016 ruling that suspended the project until the Mura were consulted, and required licensing from federal environmental agency IBAMA rather than state entity IPAAM, which issued a license in 2015...

Some of the Mura have expressed concerns that the mine could pollute rivers and scare away the game and fish they live on. Brazil Potash says the mine would have minor environmental impact because salt separated from the potash at a processing plant would be returned underground...