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Mining Industry Affected By Ongoing Bolivian Drought

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ORURO, BOLIVIA (DECEMBER 2, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MINE ENTRANCE FROM WHICH A TRAIN EMERGES, LOADED WITH MINERALS AND MINING WORKERS VARIOUS MINERS EXPLOITING MINE WITH THE USE OF DRILLS THAT ARE COOLED WITH WATER VARIOUS OF MINE INTERIOR GENERAL VIEW OF MINERS LEAVING MINE LA PAZ, BOLIVIA (DECEMBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) HECTOR CORDOVA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF BOLIVIAN STATE MINING FIRM COMIBOL, MINE ENGINEER AND ANALYST FOR BOLIVIA'S JUBILEE FOUNDATION, SAYING: "What we have seen from this year's statistics is that the levels of mineral production have held from last year's production and in some cases, they have increased. So the royalties and profits for the country will be greater. But that also means, more water consumption. When production has increased, more water has been used. There's no alternative." CORDOVA DURING INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) HECTOR CORDOVA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF BOLIVIAN STATE MINING FIRM COMIBOL, MINE ENGINEER AND ANALYST FOR BOLIVIA'S JUBILEE FOUNDATION, SAYING: "In the case of Potosi, for example, half of Potosi's economy revolves around the mining operations at Cerro Rico. There are between 15 to 20 thousand people who work daily on this hill, extracting mineral and there are several plants which have been installed in the city of Potosi or on the outskirts to refine this mineral which is extracted from the hill. But with less water or without water, these operations are paralysed." ORURO, BOLIVIA (DECEMBER 2, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF COOPERATIVE MINERS WORKING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ENGINEER FROM THE ORURO TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, OR UTO, MILTON PEREZ, SAYING: "For example, globally, we have 37 very important bodies of groundwater that are taxed for direct human consumption. Of these 37, 22 bodies of water, most of them on the African continent and a few in the north of America, have completely dried up. The remaining fifteen bodies of water, among them our body of water, we have in the highlands of which we consume and a second body we have in the Amazon, of which Santa Cruz and a little of Beni depend on. According to some studies, they are below fifty percent of its storage capacity. This has to draw our attention because if we continue consuming as we have, natural fluvial precipitation will not have the capacity to replenish the aquifers because we are using more water. At the moment we still have underground water. But we have to plan the proper use of this water." VARIOUS OF ORURO CITY VARIOUS OF DRIED UP WATER SOURCES ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF ORURO CITY VARIOUS OF TAILING DIKE USED BY PRIVATE MINE INTIRAYMI VARIOUS OF INTIRAYMI MINE VARIOUS OF TAILING DIKE WHERE WATER IS MIXED WITH SALT WATER

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