Minas Conga mining megaproject halted by protesters
On 17 April 2012, the experts responsible for evaluating the potential environmental impact of the Minas Conga mining megaproject suspended activities following protests by local communities. Protestors complained that they feared their water sources would
be contaminated, and countered with a proposed set of reforms, substantially altering the current mining megaproject plans, subsequently endorsed by President Ollanta Humala on 20 April 2012. The American Newmont and the Peruvian Buenaventura companies lead
the project, which required a US$4.8 billion investment.
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