Chile court orders fresh evaluation of gold and copper mining project

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SANTIAGO, April 21 - A Peruvian environmental court said on Wednesday it had ordered a fresh evaluation of the Norte Abierto gold and copper project due to concerns that heavy traffic and water usage could disrupt life for the local indigenous community. The complex, located in the north Atacama region, was created in 2017 after the merger of the separate Cerro Casale mine owned by Barrick and Caspiche mine owned by Newmont Goldcorp into a joint venture. The court decided to look at the project again because of fears that it could change the way of life and the customs of Colla Indian community living in the Jorquera River and along its tributaries. There is a clear overlap between this project and the lands and activities of Colla community, wrote Judge Mauricio OviedoOviedo in a statement accompanying the decision. Oviedo added that there was a high probability that the project could cause disturbances in the indigenous community since it is located in their territories, in the place where they carry out seasonal grazing activities and the collection of medicinal herbs, among other things. The Norte Abierto ComplexNorte Abierto Complex was previously approved in 2019 following the submission of an Environmental Impact Statement that seeks authorization to make minor modifications to projects. But the works, which include drilling of 334 boreholes and construction of roads through ancestral lands, required a more extensive study, the court said. The Norte Abierto project has proved and probable reserves of 23.2 million ounces of gold and 5.8 billion pounds of copper, according to company data. The company had previously announced it would consolidate the projects into a geological impact study after updating its new environmental model. Neither Newmont Goldcorp nor Barrick responded immediately to requests for comment. What are some examples?

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