Brazilian government will present bill allowing mining on indigenous lands


The Brazilian government will present a bill at the end of the month, which provides more leeway to mining in the South American nation, including allowing mines on indigenous lands.

During a Thursday ceremony in Brasilia, Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said that the bill, which is already being analyzed by the president’s chief of staff, also aims to legalize more small-scale, independent wildcat mines, many of which now operate illegally in Brazil.

Back in July, Minister Albuquerque announced that the Brazilian government was creating a working group which mission was to determine which would be the most efficient way of simplifying the country’s mineral prospecting process.

Over the last few months, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has sought to open up the indigenous reservations to farming, mining and logging, which analysts believe has helped fuel the fires that have burn the Amazon rainforest this year.

On Twitter, political analyst Mariano de Alba said that this bill will only exacerbate tensions in Brazil since most political parties blame Bolsonaro’s policies for the environmental crisis that the country is experiencing.

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