Sunday, June 22, 2008

Venezuela 'taking control' of mines

CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuela's environment minister said that the government will put national interests first in the mining sector and forbid mining in a biodiverse forest reserve that is home to two of the country's largest gold concessions. Minister Yubiri Ortega did not give a direct answer when asked Saturday if the government is planning to nationalize the mines. But she said Venezuela is "taking control" in order to "save and appropriate what is ours." ...

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