The Challenges of Illegal Mining
Energy attorney Inés Elvira Vesga published a column in Asuntos Legales exploring illegal mining in Colombia and the government's efforts to combat it. A mining license is required to explore and exploit minerals in the country, and any activity carried out without a license is illegal. However, Ms. Vesga points out that recent statements from the Minister of Mining and Energy about the intention not to persecute illegal mining have generated concerns. Her column explains some of the challenges associated with illegal mining and creating a plan of action to fight it.