It’s been an inspiring tale of struggle.
In response to a concerted campaign, at the end of March Colombia’s government (hardly noted for enforcing best environmental or social standards) told Greystar Resources it couldn’t operate an open-pit gold mine in an ecologically sensitive region.
Now, however, the Canadian (and London-listed) company claims it could mitigate any risks by going underground instead. Shortly afterwards, Colombia’s mining industry began arguing that dirty and more damaging wild-cat miners would inevitably overrun the area, should “responsible” companies not be allowed to do so.