The MPF (Federal Public Ministry) in Pará asked the Court to annul a contract between the Canadian mining company Belo Sun and Incra (National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform) for the company’s billion-dollar gold mining project on the Xingu River.
In a statement sent to the Court on the 30th and seen by Reuters, the MPF defends that the rights of families occupying settlement projects in the region should be recognized so that they can express themselves prior to any act of granting the area for exploration.
The action was initially filed in 2022 by the public defender offices of the Union and the state of Pará in the Federal Court of Pará.
When contacted, Belo Sun said that, although the case does not have a final decision on the merits, there are two decisions from the Federal Court in Altamira (PA) rejecting the suspension of the contract.
“It is worth noting that the concession contract remains in force and valid to date, with Belo Sun, for all legal purposes, holding the right to possession of the granted area,” he stated.
The company reaffirmed that the Volta Grande Project “will bring development, progress and security to the communities and region of the state of Pará”.
Last September, the TRF-1 (Federal Regional Court of the 1st Region), based in Brasília, had denied Belo Sun’s appeal and maintained the decision that had determined that the project’s environmental licensing was granted by Ibama, not by a state body. , as had happened. Ibama has not yet granted the license.
The project, valued by the authors of the action and the company itself at at least R$ 1.2 billion, has been the target of strong controversy due to debates about the environmental impact of the work, as was the case years ago in the region with the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant.