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Thursday, June 20 2019 @ 03:58 AM UTC

Trade and Industry Minister Asks Environmentalists To Stick To The Truth

Environmental IssuesThe Minister of Trade and Industry (MTI) Roberto Henríquez said that environmental groups are "allies" that help the government learn about environmental problems, but he asked them to "not encourage panic among the people." Henríquez made direct reference to the claims of groups that say the company Petaquilla Gold, which operates in northern Cocle, has polluted the Molejón and other rivers with cyanide, and he asked them that when they refer to a case they should do so "scientifically and with respect for the truth." He stressed that no contamination has been discovered and insisted that the company does in fact have the required controls in place, and if they were not in place then the government would force them to comply with environmental standards. Moreover, the Minister reported they are preparing a new Bill to help promote micro-enterprises that emphasize the nationality, as well as the construction of a seafood market in Rio Hato, to be completed in the summer. (TVN Noticias)

Editor's Comment: Asking environmentalists to just stick to the truth and not be alarmist? Good luck.

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