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Ovation: Turning Down $2.5 Billion To Save Some Penguins.

08/22/2017

Whenever we go to an aquarium that has a penguin exhibit, we tend to spend more time looking at the birds than at the fish. We always get a kick out of them because they each seem to have a unique personality. Plus, they’re just so darned cute!

The endangered Humboldt penguins can rest a bit easier this week know that the Chilean government has turned down a $2.5 billion mining project in favor of their conservation.

The original project proposal was for an iron mining initiative launched by the Andes Iron firm in the Coquimbo region. The region is dangerously close to the National Humboldt Penguin Reserve … a collection of islands that house and protect the Humboldt penguin, along with several other endangered species.

If Chilean representatives had accepted the proposal, the firm would have begun extracting millions of tons of metal from the earth, as well as building a seaport for the metal’s exportation.

Since conservationists warned that the projects could potentially harm the penguins, the Chilean government refused.

“The compensation measures were insufficient and could not guarantee the protection of species of concern. We are not against economic development or projects that are necessary for the country’s growth, but they must offer adequate solutions for the impact they will have.” – Environmental Minister Marcelo Mena told the Associated Press.

It would be interesting to know if the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency would have done the same. That’s an awful lot of money.

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  1. Good news for conservation

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