The Cuenca municipal council has hired mining law specialist Pablo Piedra to challenge the federal government’s metal mining concessions in the canton. According to official numbers, the concessions cover over 16,000 hectares in the Loma Larga, Río Blanco, and Ruta del Cobre parishes. Several mining companies have requested new permits from the Ministry of Mining, that could affect as many as 70,000 hectares. The city council says this represents almost close to 25% of the entire of the Cuenca canton. Councilman Ivan Granda said the employment of Piedra was agreed to by resolution of the cantonal council on January 22.…
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