Fecha de publicacion:
Jueves, 1 Mayo, 2014
On the very south of Europe’s map, as deep as 700 meters underground, there is a project in the Spanishprovince of Huelva, which is giving fresh hopes to an ancient local sector: mining.
Huelva has been mining since the Phoenician civilization, more than 5.000 years ago. But the radical fall of metal prizes in 1998 caused the closing of most mines there. The costs fell as much as 1.400 dollars per metal tonne in 1999 while in December 2013 the same amount was paid at 7.202 dollars in the global market.
In a few years the zone was deprived of its main economic resource. Not only one mine remained in operation. So miners were forced to leave the region in search of new jobs and mayors had to govern silence empty towns. Serrano ham industry and rural tourism were the only viable economic escapes in the area.
All the infrastructures of an old mining industry were abandoned and suddenly the motorways running to mines as mythic as Rio Tinto were emptied.
“That is not the case anymore”, comments Macarena Valdés while driving on the curvy and busy way to the mine Aguas Teñidas (Matsa).