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Thu Dec 26, 2019, 04:10 PM

Governor of Mendoza Province, Argentina, suspends mining deregulation law

The governor of the western Argentine province of Mendoza, Rodolfo Suárez, announced today that he would suspend a controversial new mining law signed on Monday, which would reverse a 12 year-old ban on strip mining in the province.

Law 9209 overrides bans on strip mining and on the use toxins such as cyanide, mercury, and sulphuric acid enacted in 2007 by Law 7722.

Opposition Justicialist Party legislators have called on Suárez, 56, to rescind the law and "start from square one."

Argentina's Delegate to UNESCO, film maker and environmental activist Pino Solanas, called it an "environmental retreat that endangers the future of the region."

"Mendoza," Solanas noted, "is in a water emergency since 2010. We must call an emergency session so that the Provincial Legislature may quickly repeal Law 9209."

The law would have gone in effect in only three counties: Las Heras, Malargüe, and San Rafael. These counties, however, occupy more than half the province's land area and are home to many of the glaciers and river sources that provide water for the largely arid province of 2 million.

Since Law 9209's passage on December 20, towns and cities in Mendoza have been rocked by protests, caravans and roadblocks demanding the reinstatement of Law 7722.

"The suspension of the mining law," Solanas tweeted, "is the result of the struggle and the demonstrations."

At: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&tab=wT&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.infonews.com%2Fnota%2F326376%2Fel-gobierno-de-mendoza-suspendio-la-polemica

Mendoza Governor Rodolfo Suárez checks the time during today's press conference in which he announced the suspension of the contentious mining deregulation law.

The law, opponents noted, also benefits Suárez's political godfather, Ernesto Sanz - who sits on the board of a mining firm that stands to benefit from the new law.

Suárez is one of three remaining right-wing governors in Argentina.

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Fri Dec 27, 2019, 03:01 AM

1. Amazingly good news. Have no idea how this happened, other than Governor Surez' fear

the government of Argentina wasn't going to back him up now that the head grifter is gone if he didn't try to prevent total catastrophe. He is a born grifter, isn't he? Why is it right-wingers all look so shifty, anyway? Their lack of character always shows on their creepy faces.

Did you notice that the man on the left side of the photo of Governor Rodolfo Suárez is nearly a dead ringer for Sean Hannity?

Hooray for Pino Solanas!

Thank you for this welcome, important information, sandensea.

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Fri Dec 27, 2019, 10:40 AM

2. You're welcome, Judi. My guess is that Fernandez had a word with him.

Knowing a little about his negotiating style, he probably told him something along the lines of:

"I value our working relationship, and don't want to contradict you in public. But if you don't suspend this law, and put it up for public debate and referendum (as Mendoza law allows), you'll leave me no choice but to make a statement against you - and soon."

Suárez knows the law is deeply unpopular in his very arid province - and that a presidential statement against it would've hurt his approval even more. Fernández thus gave Suárez the chance to save face.

Like good Spaniards (of descent), they understand each other.

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