Top Colombian court rules mine does not owe local communities compensation

Posse Herrera Ruiz has helped the Australian-owned Cerro Matoso nickel mine overturn an earlier ruling ordering the company to pay health-associated damages worth an estimated US$400 million to indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities.

Top Colombian court rules mine does not owe local communities compensation A ferronickel mine (Credit:

Colombia’s Constitutional Court announced on 20 September that Cerro Matoso did not need to indemnify eight ethnic communities in the country’s north for the alleged harm it had done to their health. However, it upheld a previous ruling which ordered the mine’s owner, South32, to re-apply for its environmental licence and carry out a community consultation.

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