A court from the Argentine province of La Rioja ruled in favour of suspending the mining project led by Canadian company Osisko in Famatina until the Glaciers Law is applied in the area.
Judge Daniel Flores, in the Chilecito department, ruled in favour of a cautionary measure filed by the Famatina city hall so the agreement between the mining company and the provincial government signed in August 21st, 2011 is temporarily suspended.
The mayor of Famatina, Ismael Bordagaray, called it a historic ruling.
“The Chilecito court has decided to rule in our favour,” he said happily, and considered this the town's first achievement in the legal battle that has most of its population at odds with the provincial government.
Bordagaray explained that among the various suggestions in the ruling, one urges the company “not to pursue any further exploration in the explosives area until the Glaciers Law is applied in the region.”
The mayor also said he was satisfied by what he called the department’s independence from the provincial government.
“To us this is a fundamental issue. It's our first achievement in a legal battle and it proves we’re right. The Chilecito court is the one that understands us the most, the one that remains committed, knows about this whole issue and remains independent,” he explained.