SMA charges Escondida for drawing more water than allowed

Chilean authorities are cracking down on water use by mines in the driest desert on earth, threatening future supply in the top copper-producing nation. Chile’s environmental agency, SMA, charged BHP Group’s Escondida for allegedly drawing more water than allowed which could result in the loss of its permit, closure or a fine. Just to the south, state-owned Codelco has suspended a planned expansion of its Salvador mine until it can resolve a suit filed by the State Defense Council against the project’s proposed use of water.

Source: Bloomberg