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Costa Blanca plaster mine worries “premature”

WITHIN just a handful of days of the start of the campaign, more than 1,000 signatures have been received protesting against plans to open a plaster mine in San Miguel de Salinas.

As well as local residents, concerns have been shown by local estate agents as to the effect such a project would have on the area in terms of the value of property.

An initial meeting took place earlier this week, but a major demonstration has been arranged by the Arcangel San Miguel Residents Association for Sunday, November 14 at 12 noon.  It will begin from the headquarters of the Association, go along the main road and end up at the Plaza de la Iglesia.

According to reports, the opposition to the development of the mine has to be made before any initial research is undertaken.  Mining Law allows companies that have been authorised to make explorations, rights in the event that they consider the business to be profitable.

The plans of the company behind the mine, Rio de Aguas S.L and part of the powerful Almeria-based Torralba, is causing great alarm among local residents who fear for the value of their properties if the 1,400 hectare project goes ahead.

San Miguel de Salinas Council, made up of the PP and the UPyD, has made clear their own objections to the project.  They also said that the protests are premature as any scheme has yet to be authorised.

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