Continental Gold received widespread support Friday for the development of an underground gold mine at Buritica, Antioquia during a public hearing held as part of its environmental license permitting process.
Some 700 people participated at the public hearing at which the majority of registered speakers, including town mayor Humberto Castaño, voiced support for the project, with many townsfolk in the audience carrying signs supporting the company (see photo).
Continental is looking to build a mine that will produce about 253,000 ounces a year of gold for fourteen years. Following the public hearing, it is now for the national environmental licensing agency ANLA to complete its review of the application and issue its ruling.
Participants said that there were few dissident voices including from Deputy Jorge Gomez from the leftist Polo Democratico party whose objection was about a procedural aspect rather than any environmental aspect of the project. “Jorge Gomez said that ANLA should not be the agency to review the environmental permit but regional autonomous environmental agency Corantioquia. He clearly missed that Corantioquia legally signed over jurisdiction and the file to ANLA earlier this year,” a source familiar with the permit application told CGL.