Greenland bans uranium mining by law

The parliament of Greenland passed a law on Tuesday that prohibits uranium exploration and extraction in its territory, a promise made by the alliance that won the elections a few months ago.

Twelve deputies voted in favor of the bill and nine against.

On Greenland, uranium mining has been at the center of debates since April local elections and a campaign dominated by a rare earth and uranium mining project in Kuannersuit, to the south of the territory.

The match Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA), a left-wing environmentalist movement that now heads the government, opposes the project.

The project, led by the Australian mining group Greenland Mineral, has not yet been formally abandoned.

As in other places in the ArcticThe natural and mineral wealth of the world’s largest island – two million square kilometers – arouses great interest, although few projects have been launched so far.

Currently, there are two mines in Greenland: one of anorthosite, whose deposits contain titanium, and another of rubies and pink sapphire.

Although the new government does not oppose the mining activities, it did ban all prospecting in July oil companies as a sign of its commitment to the climate and the environment.

The first Minister Mute Egede announced in early November its intention to ratify the Paris Agreement, that Greenland has declined so far.


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