The plan to mine such a place was considered controversial, with environmentalist groups openly opposing it.
Falcondo’s idea was to submit a new environmental impact assessment for La Manaclita, which would expand its existing Loma Ortega deposit by connecting it to Loma Miranda and extend the mine’s life for 20 years. At present, resources are expected to be exhausted in 4-5 years.
The submission to carry out such a plan was received by the Ministry of Environment but it was rejected.
“Our position is to comply with what was expressed during the judicial processes (related to the project) and technical assessments that precede the current scenario, as well as with the principle of prevention established in article 8 of the General Law of Environment and Natural Resources,” Minister Orlando Jorge Mera said in a video statement.
According to the government official, following his office’s decision, Falcondo’s management sent a formal communication saying that they had decided to withdraw the application.
“Our commitment, based on the Constitution and the rule of law, is to defend the Dominican Republic’s environment, natural resources and ecosystems,” Mera said.