Mine Closure and Abandonment Plan, Obligation Without Clarity
Energy attorney Manuel José Ocampo published an article in Asuntos Legales about plans for closing and abandoning mining projects in Colombia. He explains that currently there are no clear technical mining standards for this phase, a situation that implies an absence of administrative coordination and that creates difficulties for companies that seek to close their mining projects. However, the country's National Authority of Environmental Licenses (ANLA) recently issued a guide for mine closure and abandonment that establishes 10 aspects that should be incorporated into these plans. In this article, Mr. Ocampo analyzes this situation and describes how it is an opportunity to promote a mining industry that is response with the environment and communities.