In line with this alleged "naturalization" of the mining discourse, the government goes out to offer sites for multinationals to extract minerals. Some in glaciers or provinces where activity is prohibited.
A cornerstone for the government is the new Federal Mining Agreement (AFM), with which it proposes to dictate the Argentine mining regulations "for the next 20 or 30 years." It sets a limit on royalties and autonomies to the provinces, and forces them to adhere, despite the fact that seven are prohibited from doing business in their territories (Córdoba, Chubut, La Pampa, Tucumán, San Luis, Mendoza and Tierra del Fuego). It must be ratified by governors and Congress, but they are already promoting it abroad. "They seek to weaken provincial laws. They must all sign. They even have obligations that mining occurs in schools," reveals environmental lawyer Enrique Viale.
Julio Martínez, the radical defense minister, built his career by opposing mining in his province, La Rioja, as opposed to the pro-mining Kirchner governor, Luis Beder Herrera. Rushed by the claims of the local communities, Martínez came out to clarify that there will be no mega-mining in La Rioja and that Macri promised to "respect the social license" of each place. But the government offered at the beginning of March, at the PDAC 2017 mining fair held in Toronto (Canada), nine deposits in that province, including Nevado de Famatina, where there are 46 glaciers and by law it is not possible to intervene.
Although it is up to the provinces to decide the exploitation of their deposits, the government promised foreign companies - through the Argentine Mining Geological Service - to exploit 126 sites in eleven provinces, from nickel and precious metals to uranium, for example in Laguna Salada (Chubut ) and Huemul (Mendoza).
Last week, Finance Minister Nicolás Dujovne relaunched the 2017 Mining Plan at the Argentine Embassy in London, together with Mining Secretary Daniel Meilán. They seek to attract investments of "around US $ 25 billion in the next eight years." Dujovne spoke of "underexploitation" of mining in the country.
In case it was necessary, Meilán warned that in our country the chambers of commerce, unions, NGOs, institutes and universities are already prepared to establish "a predictable scenario that generates trust." The businessmen, benefited from the removal of withholdings from mining and the possibility of taking their profits without limit, asked for "legal certainty" and "a firm and stable regulatory framework."