Judge orders suspension of Rio Blanco mining operations

Cuenca judge Paúl Serrano has ordered the temporary suspension, Friday, June 1, of mining operations at the Río Blanco gold and silver mine near the Cajas Mountain community of Molleturo. The order also calls for a “demilitarization” of the area around the mine, which is currently guarded by 150 police and military personnel. The suspension order will be in effect for 25 days as data about the impact of the mine on water sources is reviewed by the Universities of Cuenca and Azuay. In his ruling, Serrano said that the rights of the residents near the mine may have been…

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