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Friday, May 13, 2011

NEWS - Concordia Withdraws Desalination Project

Concordia Withdraws Desalination Projectinfo provided by Baja Western Onion
In a surprise announcement made Tuesday, the Secretary of the Environment SEMARNAT announced that the Concordia Mining company has withdrawn its application for the Desalination plant in Las Playitas. The resulting aqueduct would have sent 1,000,000 gallons of water a day to the proposed Concordia/Paredones Amarillos open pit gold mining project in the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve. The public hearings scheduled for Thursday and Friday have been canceled as a result of the announcement.
The mining company will most likely regroup and try again. The withdrawl has been seen as an important victory for those opposing the venture. Local volunteers stepped forward to help pay for the scientific studies and legal consultants, make banners and organize the opposition. - Elena Moreno, e@elenamoreno.com, http://www.aguavalemasqueoro.com/, 612-145-0050