A drone of the ECU 911 system is added to the operatives against illegal mining in the Canton Zaruma (The Gold). The equipment, with autonomy of 18 minutes and that can reach up to 500 meters of height, will contribute to the permanent vigilance of the zone of mining exclusion.
This is one of the control measures due to the cracks reported in recent weeks in some buildings in the urban area. According To The dwellers of the affected houses, the damage appeared after the detonations they had recently detected.
The morning of this Monday, September 4, 2017, during a tour of provincial authorities, the drone flew over one of the areas inspected in order to identify signs of illegal mining activity.
The governor of El Oro, Rosa López Machuca, explained that the military presence will increase today. On The weekend, members of the Armed Forces set up a camp at the Zaruma Central Court. On Saturday they made closing work in the Works Chorrillos 307, The Coffee plantation and Three Kings 1. On Sunday they entered the San Antonio mining work and toured the litter sector.
Military control intensified shortly after the school collapsed. Now, Mayor Jhansy Lopez requested that both military and police remain in the canton until the end of the work of collapse of Bocaminas and mining work where they would be entering the Sabres, as they know the illegal miners. José Torres, regional coordinator of the Agency of Regulation and Mining Control (Arcom), said that there are technicians from the entity work day and night in the identification of the accesses.
“We Have found work that we had already closed before and that have been uncovered. Basically, we’ve re-collapsed the mines inside and shut down the Bocaminas, “he said. This morning, the authorities returned to the Three Kings and Chorrillos sectors. Although They are remote places to the urban centre, which is within the 173 hectares of the mining exclusion area, there are galleries that connect with the subsoil of Zaruma from the outside.
The Portovelo-Zaruma district records between 500 and 600 mining operations of companies and other 250 of artisanal mining, which are legally registered as reported by Arcom. 30 technicians from this agency participate in the operations to locate illegal mining operations.