This Friday, February 22, the NGO’s had a public hearing at the courthouse in Quito . The process seeks to stop the Mirador mining project because it violates the Rights of Nature enshrined in the 2008 Constitution.
The Ecuadorian State is accused of implementing precautionary and restrictive measures for activities that could lead to the extinction of species, the destruction of ecosystems and the permanent alteration of natural cycles.
The environmental studies carried out by the firm Walsh, hired by the mining company, realize the potential destruction, yet the Ministry of Environment granted the environmental license.
They were invited to the hearing Wilson Pastor, Minister of Non-Renewable Natural Resources, Lorena Tapia, Minister of Environment, Li Dongqing, authorized agent ECSA and finally the Attorney General, who must present exculpatory evidence to the demand.
A favorable ruling would certainly be an important worldwide precedent.
Article in spanish from ecuadorinmediato.com.