September 02, 2017

Order allowing mining in Amazon blocked: Brazil

Amazon Mining

A ruling that temporarily blocks an executive order from President Michel Temer was issued by a Judge in Brazil that would have opened large parts of the Amazon forest for mining. Temer's order would have allowed mining of gold, copper, iron and other minerals and metals in the Renca area of the Amazon, which covers more than 17,000 square miles and has been protected by an Act of Congress since 1984.

The order, signed by federal judge Rolando Spanholo, "suspends possible administrative acts based on the decree," signed by Temer. It also determines that abolishing the protected status of the National Reserve of Copper and Associates (Renca) can only be done by the Congress.

The report said the main area of interest for copper and gold exploration is in one of the protected areas, the Biological Reserve of Maicuru. There is also said to be gold in the Para State forest, which lies within the area.

The order was met with huge critique from conservationists and celebrities, including supermodel Gisele Bündchen, who has been an outspoken critic of Amazon deforestation and even Brazils’ Catholic Church. Attorney General Grace Mendonça has appealed the ruling.

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