AngloGold Ashanti in big problem: Colombia municipality votes to ban miningStaff Writer | March 28, 2017
Voters in Colombia's Tolima province have backed a proposal to ban mining projects in their municipality, a result that raises questions about the future of an AngloGold Ashanti exploration in the area.
Miner 98.8 percent voted against allowing mining
AngloGold has been exploring at the site in central Colombia for more than a decade.
Some 6,165 citizens backed the proposal, while 76 voted against, according to figures from the electoral authority.
Residents had previously expressed fears that extraction could damage ground water, but the company says the project will not affect the water supply.
"We regret that because of a badly laid-out debate about mining in Colombia, the country and the region are now at risk of not receiving the benefits of well-done and responsible mining," AngloGold said in a statement.
"We will analyzed the consequences and the impact on the project." ■