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Swedish Island Community Stays Mining Plans

Source:  Copyright 2012, Epoch Times
Date:  September 3, 2012
Original URL: Status ONLINE

Protesters in Ojnareskogen forest on Gotland Island, Sweden, won a small victory in their battle to prevent a limestone quarry that they say will endanger fresh water and protected species. Forest clearing for the quarry was temporarily halted on Sept. 1, pending a Supreme Court decision. (Susanne Willgren/The Epoch Times)

GOTLAND, Sweden--On Saturday, nature’s defenders won a small victory on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, where the struggle by environmentalists and locals to stop a limestone quarry has snowballed into one of the leading national issues of the past weeks.

Mellanskog, the forestry association responsible for clearing away the forest for the 420-acre quarry announced it will stop its work, pending a supreme court decision, since it wanted to avoid division and bitterness with the locals, many of whom are members of the association.

The protesters, who set up camp weeks ago, welcomed the decision and plan to stay ...

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