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Santo Domingo.- The Santo Domingo State University UASD’s Environmental Commission coordinator affirmed it would take at least RD$350 million per linear kilometer to repair just part of the damages to the Nizao river caused by decades of aggregate extraction,.

Luis Carvajal also raised the need to spend important amounts on the high river basin, such as support structures to prevent heavy water flows from eroding the riverbanks.

The environmentalist said to secure the zone it should be an Environment Ministry (Semarena) priority to prevent further extractions in the riverbed, the channel and the flood plains.

On Monday Semarena militarized five aggrgate mines in the Nizao-Semana Santa zone, for overstaying the deadline to desmantle them. " I hope that the blackmail by the companies and the machinery they move to twist the Government’s arm doesn’t function this time."

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4 comment(s)
Written by: domericano, 22 Oct 2008 8:48 AM
From: Dominican Republic
great, the Dominican just-us system at work again. a few become wealthy stealing the natural resources and destroying the ecosystem and the public gets to pay for the reparations
Written by: BASTA, 22 Oct 2008 9:05 AM
From: Dominican Republic, =Ghetto/Legalize Drugs/Free abortions for all Never Confuse Education with Intelligence
wealthy = PLD
Written by: JimHarrington This user is banned, 22 Oct 2008 9:25 AM
From: United States
First being familiar with the Rio Nizao river bed I can comment on this matter.

The river was dammed up stream many years ago by the Dominican Government.

What remains is a bed of rock where some water trickles through from the damm overflow and underbed.

To call it a river is not correct but to call it a dried out river bed is more correct.

You can also find the locals washing and excrementing into the puddles of water that exist.

The fecal count of the remaining water is above normal for human consumption and bathing.

Wether the companies had a right to remove agreagate is a completely different issue.

If there is concern then the DR government should never had given permission to extract in the first place.

The pueblo Viejo is another example of the DR government looking the other way when it suits them and dam the environment.
Written by: anthonyC, 22 Oct 2008 9:59 AM
From: United States
"Written by: BASTA, 22 Oct 2008 9:05 AM
From: Lesotho
wealthy = PLD"

PRD = Nuveau Riche, Stealing Chopos!
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