Visão reported today that the Evaluation Commission of the Romano Mine validated the mixed exploitation of lithium, noting that "this is the last opinion of the Environmental Impact Assessment procedure".
However, according to the publication, the location of the refinery was failed due to the presence of a pack of Iberian wolves.
Contacted by Lusa agency Lusorecursos Portugal Lithium, the company that wants to explore the lithium mine in Montalegre, district of Vila Real, confirmed that it was notified about the favourable opinion to the project that foresees a mixed exploration, in the open and underground, as well as the complex of mining annexes.
The company source said that "all the elements contained in the Environmental Impact Study (EIA) have a favourable opinion, except the location of the mining annex complex, which includes the washing plant, the administrative buildings and the refinery".
He also said that a solution will be studied to respond to the concerns raised about this location, noting that the company now has a period of six months to present this solution, which will be evaluated together with the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA).
The mine is contested locally and on January 21, in Montalegre, another demonstration was held against mining exploitation to “show that the fight continues”, highlighting its impacts, namely in terms of water consumption, and warning that the mine “is incompatible” with Barroso World Agricultural Heritage, a distinction awarded in 2018.
On the same day, during a visit to the Feira do Fumeiro de Montalegre, the Minister of Agriculture, Maria do Céu Antunes, said that the Government will act in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment procedure for the mine planned for Montalegre.
There is a lot research missing in this article. The company that won the bid for the mine was created days before the concourse was created and it has ties to the polotovian that approved the project. Never an environmental impact study has been respected 8n Portugal and they are taylored. That region is already affected by heavy droughts every summer and the areas where the mine is in talked was targeted by man made criminal forest fires year after year just to clear the way for this licencing. Basically you act like Portuguese newspapers and press that is in the pocket of the ruling party, a d just debit what you've been told or read on other news without critical thinking or research.
By Tiago from Other on 03 Feb 2023, 08:07
There should be far more info here. Social and environmental impact? How much litium will or can be extracted, howdo they restore after exploitation, is there a reserve fund for damage caused so payment is ecured? So much missing here. And what should have been done is securing water via a large desalination plant to be funded by the mining company !!
By Jacques De la Haye from Other on 03 Feb 2023, 11:13
No real brainstorming required here. Lithium or mining Lithium and other related practises are purely and simply lethal. Take the Auto industry or the government(s) as an example. Whilst claiming zero emissions yet once more failing, accidentally on purpose, to calculate, highlight or include the overall across the board and ‘real’ planetary impact.
By Miguel Diogo from Lisbon on 04 Feb 2023, 08:57
Environmental disaster waiting to happen! China has black-coloured 'dead' lakes as a result of lithium mining, where no life form can live due to contamination. Water supplies so badly affected populations had to be moved to another area. Is that a future Portugal is willing to have, where local populations are sacrificed on the alter of profit?
By Russell Taylor from Other on 04 Feb 2023, 09:57
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
By Richard from Beiras on 06 Feb 2023, 22:48
It will be the worst thing that Portugal acceptes is the extract of lithium it will be a disaster for Portugal has it was for other countries that have it done and accepted. If you think Portugal has drought and earthquakes then you will see the impact. When Portugese people are going to wake up. The money and greed is killing the beauty of this country it will not be for Portugal but for export, when are they going to change and make decision with LOVE of this country and not for money.
English people came and made this country a good country for their retirement so other people are coming they can do the same but not for destroying the environment. God bless Portugal and keep it away from been destroyed for money.
By Afonso Teresa from Algarve on 15 Feb 2023, 13:44