Argentina: Population in Mendoza Successfully Fights for Their Water

The provincial Senate withdrew a controversial amendment to existing law that would promote mining adversely affecting the water supply for vineyards and townspeople.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Massive protests in Argentina's most important wine-growing region, Mendoza, have led to the withdrawal of a change in the law that was intended to simplify the conditions for mining gold and silver.

Thus, the original Water Protection Act 7722, which regulated mining in Mendoza by banning the use of cyanide and sulfuric acid, was reinstated. In a fast-track procedure, the government in Mendoza had repealed Law 7722 shortly before Christmas and replaced it with Law 9209.

Subsequently, the Senate of the Province of Mendoza decided by 34 votes in favor and two against . . .

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