May 19, 2022

Volume XII, Number 139

Advertisement
Advertisement

May 19, 2022

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

May 18, 2022

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

May 17, 2022

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

May 16, 2022

Subscribe to Latest Legal News and Analysis

Ecuador Legal Highlights (Volume II, 2013)

Latin American Region Enviromental Report, Second Quarter, 2013  

Ecuador Considers Proposal to Reduce Environmental Permitting Requirements for Mineral Exploration

On June 14, 2013, the National Assembly of Ecuador approved a bill (the “Bill”) submitted by President Rafael Correa to amend Ecuador’s 2009 Mining Law (Ley de Minería; the “Law”).  The Bill would accelerate environmental permitting of new mines, alter royalty and tax formulas, increase leaseholders’ liability for illegal mining, and prohibit the use of mercury in mining.  Although Correa’s government submitted the Bill, he did not sign it immediately, but instead vetoed two provisions and sent it back to the National Assembly for further action.

If eventually enacted, the Bill would reduce the administrative burden on mining companies during the exploratory phase of projects by delaying the environmental impact assessment (“EIA”) requirement until sites are proposed for development.  Rather than the existing process of preparing an EIA and waiting many months for agency review, the initial proposal to explore an area would be reviewed within thirty days.  (Art. 3)  If a company determines that a site is viable and proposes to develop it, the necessary EIA would be processed within six months, at which point, absent any objections or modifications from the environmental authorities, it would be deemed approved under the Bill.  (Art. 14) 

Reference Sources (in Spanish):

© 2022 Beveridge & Diamond PC National Law Review, Volume III, Number 235
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

About this Author

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. brings a blend of long years of experience, the perspective of former senior government officials, and a depth of knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations to all of its environmental work. Our clients demand that we provide the highest quality of environmental representation to solve their environmental problems worldwide. We continue to meet that challenge today, as we have for over 30 years.

202-789-6019
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement