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Ecuador’s constitutional court allows referendums on new mining projects



Ecuador’s highest court has ruled that communities have the right to hold referendums on whether or not proposed large and medium-scale mines can move forward, but said the public can only vote on mining rights not yet granted and not on licenced projects.

The constitutional court’s decision follows a petition by the government of Cuenca, a city in the country’s highlands, to propose questions to a referendum seeking to ban mining near water sources.

It represents a victory for Cuenca, in the southern province of Azuay, which hosts several projects, including SolGold’s (TSX: SOLG; LSE: SOLG) Sharug project and INV Metals’ (TSXV: INV) Loma Larga gold-silver-copper project.

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