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Santo Domingo.- Xstrata Nickel’s Dominican Republic operation  (Falcondo) said Thursday the Loma Miranda area (central) doesn’t have the biodiversity and hydrological conditions to be declared a National Park.

In a technical report which also warns on legal issues facing the decision and notes that the bill pending in the Senate to turn the area into a National Park disregards several requirements stipulated in the on Protected Areas Law.

The report "technical information which disqualifies Loma Miranda as a National Park," Falcondo lists legal, hydrological and biodiversity arguments which "show that it is unreasonable to pretend to make the zone a protected area."

It affirms that the area’s flora is neither typical nor representative of the region’s biodiversity, since in its view, has a high presence of exotic, invasive and introduced varieties, so it’s not advisable to technical or economic efforts for preservation purposes.

As to water sources, the Canadian based miner calls the arguments from those who promote the National Park, based on its importance as a watershed, "simply overblown."

Quoted by, Falcondo calls claims that as many as 60 rivers and streams are born in Loma Miranda "exaggerated,” adding the only river is the Jagüey. “The other streams at Loma Miranda are dry riverbeds through which water runs only during times of continuous rain."

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11 comment(s)
Written by: zooma, 13 Feb 2014 11:21 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

Guess Falcondo wants to argue in order to introduce its own invasive variety.

Written by: anbro2007, 13 Feb 2014 11:37 AM
From: United States
If the government approves so they can start digging, the only thing happens is that in the future there is not only water running trough those rivers, it will by chemicals poisoning water which will run and destroy life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good night D.R.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Written by: Mart1n, 13 Feb 2014 11:38 AM
From: Dominican Republic, North coast
What is it with other countries telling the Dominican Republic what to do in their country. Do we get to tell Canada what to do and if we did think of the up roar.
Written by: Mart1n, 13 Feb 2014 11:40 AM
From: Dominican Republic, North coast
Any time a industry opens it's mouth to say anything it has a vested interest in the out come.
Written by: rokete, 13 Feb 2014 12:06 PM
From: Dominican Republic, (((( DEPORT THE HAITIANS, BUILD THE BORDER WALL !! ))))
Marti1........ Who do you think is financing the pro haitian NGOs in the country and for what purpose ????? Who do you think is behind the scene manipulating unjustified international condemnation of our country , with a Hispaniola hidden fusion agenda??? Rhetoric question here ?? Answer= BarricGold, Falcondo, International Monetary Fund.
Written by: jasfalon, 13 Feb 2014 12:18 PM
From: United States

Xstrata, go Falcondo yourself!
Written by: daswolfgang, 13 Feb 2014 12:28 PM
From: United States, north hills ,NY
where is the green party.?
Written by: Mike36, 13 Feb 2014 2:04 PM
From: Haiti
@rokete lol you funny
Written by: rokete, 13 Feb 2014 3:08 PM
From: Dominican Republic, (((( DEPORT THE HAITIANS, BUILD THE BORDER WALL !! ))))
Written by: rokete, 13 Feb 2014 3:08 PM
From: Dominican Republic, (((( DEPORT THE HAITIANS, BUILD THE BORDER WALL !! ))))
Mike 36......... You are funnier, that make two !!! LOL
Written by: anthonyC, 13 Feb 2014 10:12 PM
From: United States

No No No.

Environmentalists have never, ever overstated anything.

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