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Brits Poised To Blast More Colombian Communities?

Published by MAC on 2007-01-25

Brits poised to blast more Colombian communities?

Rio Tinto recently announced that it is embarking on exploration for thermal and coking coal in Colombia (from which it officially withdrew eight years back).

As a three-person delegation of representatives of communities impacted by BHPBilliton/AngloAmerican/Xstrata's El Cerrejon coal mine tour the UK this week, it's timely to warn of potential new dangers posed by other UK-based mining companies.

Four months ago, during Colombia's second International Mining Fair and Conference, a Rio Tinto representative was quoted as saying:

"I haven't found a more receptive government anywhere in the world. We have had good political support from the local all the way up to the national government."

And Cambridge Minerals Resources managing director claimed (if rather illiterately):

"Colombia could be the last gold rush on the planet."

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