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Dominican Rep.: Activists protest against plans to mine Loma Miranda; point to harm to water by mining nearby

“Dominican activists decry mining projects as ‘new form of colonialism’”, 28 January 2015

…Loma Miranda, a mountain…threatened by mining… “is one of the most important mountain systems in the Dominican Republic”…“It produces enough water to provide to the surrounding communities irrigation...and hydroelectric power” [says expert]…[G]overnment policies encouraging foreign investment in the country's natural resources, coupled with what activists say is a history of advancing mining projects against the people's will, lead many Dominicans to believe that mining at Loma Miranda is imminent...Glencore — whose Dominican branch is Falcondo — [said] that his firm is carrying out environmental studies…to identify any potential effects that mining could have on Loma Miranda...Activists said they have already faced intimidation by security forces…State-owned Rosario Dominicana abandoned Cotuí’s mine 15 years ago, only for it to be reopened by...Barrick Gold. While locals blame the firms for the town’s environmental degradation, both deny responsibility...