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Continental Gold ( told you all about the closure of those 15 artisanal mines last month, but...

...what they forgot to mention afterwards is how they were immediately re-opened by the informal/artisanal/ilegal* miners and are back in use.

That's what this report in El Colombiano over the weekend is all about, plus the way in which regional level directives from the Antioquia government are being roundly ignored by local level Buriticá politicos.

So people, let's make this clear once again, for what seems like the 500th time: Your mining company can have all the pretty permit papers it likes, but what's been proven time and time again in South America is that if you don't have the agreement and support of the local people for your mine, it just isn't going to happen. Ever. If you haven't bailed on Continential Gold ( yet there's still time, because a loonie 50 is better than zero and that's where this one is going, the same place as Ari Sussman's last community risk disaster at Serra Pelada.

*choose whatever flavour you prefer, pure semantics anyway