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Sectors await studies on western gold mine

Santo Domingo.- The president of the Roundtable of the Commonwealth Countries in the Dominican Republic, Fernando González Nicolás, stated that the mining and environmental laws do not allow mining exploitation in San Juan de la Maguana ,(west) without first carrying out studies from scientific evidence that this activity will not have a negative impact on the water.

González Nicolás indicated in a press release that the law is very clear and that the decision to allow or not a mining operation in San Juan depends on the result of environmental and social studies that are pending.

“Currently, the Dominican State is not obliged to authorize a mining operation in San Juan de la Maguana, however, the law requires approval of permits for studies to be carried out,” said the representative of the Round Table.


Environment minister Orlando Jorge Mera said he has listened to sectors concerned about the future of water and the environment

He stated that it is the studies that must determine how the development of the mining activity would affect the water of San Juan. “The parties involved in the mining development understand and accept that if the studies confirm that mining will affect the water in San Juan, then there will be no mining there.”

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Paul Tierney
May 4, 2022 1:48 pm

How come people feel uneasy about mining activities when gov’t approvals are needed. Yet, with erroneous approvals or without approvals the activities begin.

An example was the process to get approvals, permits and ok’s to construct BIA, Bavaro International Airport, were rushed through gov’t agencies without integrity during last days of the Medina administration During this time the development of the lands for the airport were in process prior to gov’t scrutiny for BIA to acquire full permission go ahead. The new gov’t Abinader administration found serious errors in prior submissions and approvals for BIA and the project was stopped on its orders.