LIMA--Activists in northern Peru plan to continue with protests against the Minas Conga copper and gold project this week, despite ongoing mediation attempts aimed at restoring calm in the Cajamarca area.
- evaluate the possibility of relocating the Perol pit waste dump to try to avoid impacting Azul and Chica lakes. If it is not technically and economically feasible to do so, implement an appropriate hydrological and environmental compensation plan.
- consider encapsulating the rejects of the acid water treatment plant in a secure deposit, and improve water availability through regulation of reservoirs.
- consider the possibility of using acid water treatment and refinement techniques through passive methods such as wetlands with reeds planting.
- study the suitability to expand the reservoirs' capacity to optimize the management of the water emanating from the project area.
- optimize the preservation conditions of organic soils coming from waste on the storage deposits planned and adequately preserve humic materials from the dismantling of the Perol bog for later use.
- Newmont has agreed to "progressively implement" these recommendations, but has not yet agreed to keep the Azul and Chica lakes intact.
"We share President Humala's appeal for dialogue," the Newmont executive said.