The Third Chamber of the Supreme Court ruled against the Anglo-Australian mining company BHP Billiton, which should paralyze the activities of the deposit Cerro Colorado located in the Tarapacá region.
Indigenous communities had accused on more than one occasion that the company had not considered them and that the they had an environmental impact on their lands; and causing damage to protected resources.
In 2019, for example, the Environmental Court ruled against BHP Billiton, arguing damage to the ecosystem.
Lorenzo Soto, lawyer for the San Isidro de Quipisca Indigenous Agricultural Association, told Radio Bío Bío that they value the resolution, “With five votes to zero”, which will lead to the stoppage of activities in Cerro Colorado.
“After struggling for several years, the Court decided (…). I imagine that they, the company, must be analyzing the situation, “he said.
Soto said that he hopes the company will comply with the order and that from now on the indigenous community it must be considered in the determinations made around the deposit.
The ruling issued by the highest court stressed that in this context, the advancement of science and the growing concern of the international community for the care of the environment, have brought with them “the incorporation, both at a comparative and local level, of new guidelines and principles that currently govern our Environmental Law “.
Therefore, he emphasized the sustainable development and the need to “formulate plans and programs aimed at strengthening knowledge and applied technologies in the matter.”
“We hope that in the coming days, out of respect and compliance with a verdict, BHP paralyzes,” concluded the lawyer for the San Isidro de Quipisca Indigenous Agricultural Association.