Away from the retirement of its shady Wide Boy of a boss, Pan American Silver (PAAS) has a big day coming up this Friday, February 4th 2021. Governor Arcioni last night used his emergency powers to convoke an extraordinary session of the Chubut parliament for this Friday (it’s normally on summer vacation until March) and, alongside a couple of law projects concerning matters of the province, the session is set to debate and vote on the “zonification” law project that would allow the PAAS Navidad project to be permitted and move forward.
There are 27 parliamentarians and a simple majority (14) is needed to pass the law project. The pro-mining Arcioni would not have called this session without feeling confident about getting the result he wants, the strong and militant anti-mining group in the province may think otherwise. We shall see.