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Martinelli Signed Law Prohibiting Mining In Ngabe Bugle Region

Gold & MiningThe Government reported on Monday, March 26 that the law which establishes a special regime for the protection of mineral resources, water and environmental issues in the Ngobe Bugle region today received the sanction of the President, Ricardo Martinelli, and thus it is ready to enter into force after its promulgation. This is the "Law 11 of March 26, 2012," which brings together the consensus of the Indigenous Coordinator and the Government in a dialogue that was maintained for several weeks (amid protests by the Ngöbe), and which took this document to the National Assembly, which was passed in the third and final debate on Thursday, 22 March 2012. The Secretary of State said through a press law that the document, signed by President Martinelli, was also signed by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Ricardo Quijano. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: And, there you go. It is now illegal to conduct mining activities in the Ngabe Bugle region. I hope they're happy. They are dirt poor, and literally sitting on top of billions of dollars of mineral resources, and it's now illegal to pull them out of the ground. Sure, that makes perfect sense to me. Go back to your grass shack now, and stare at your malnourished infant. Go, friggin', figure... I hope the environmentalists are happy.

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Martinelli Signed Law Prohibiting Mining In Ngabe Bugle Region
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, March 27 2012 @ 12:55 PM EDT

Has there been any effort to help the Ngobe-Bugle to understand the benefits they could receive (e.g., jobs, schools, medical facilities - to name a few) by allowing mining? Also, to help them understand that modern day technology and knowledge can help assure safer mining and reclamation?

Real tough negotiation with the mining companies could assure that the Ngobe-Bugle (and all Panamanians) reap benefits (good for the country as a whole) - while assuring that the environment is protected - or restored.