SPANISH MINE ON HOLD AFTER JUDGE FINDS EVIDENCE OF CORRUPTION

05/18/2015

Plans to reopen a Spanish mine near Seville were put on hold by a judicial investigation following claims of corruption in the bidding process. A rival company filed a complaint against Grupo Mexico-Minorbis alleging the consortium practiced illegal negotiations, bribery, peddling of influence, and perversion of justice during the bidding process. The judge in charge of the investigation found there was evidence to support each allegation, and criticized the regional government for not disqualifying Mexico-Minorbis from bidding after the company failed to meet basic environmental standards. The copper, zinc, and lead mine has been shuttered since a tailing dam burst in 1998 and led to a $275 million cleanup. Environmentalists have protested reopening the mine at all, and a petition to keep it closed has garnered 66,000 signatures since the bid was awarded in February. For the full story, see http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/15/reopening-of-controversial-spanish-mine-halted-over-corruption-allegations.