Berkeley Energia Limited has reported this Sunday through the CNMV that it has received formal notifications from the Superior Court of Justice of Castilla y León that support the appeals presented by the appellants to revoke the first instance rulings related to the Authorization for Exceptional Land Use . (AEUL) and the Urban Planning License (UL), canceling both.
Berkeley, which wants to build the largest open-pit uranium mine in Europe in Retortillo (Salamanca), “firmly disagrees with the basis of the court’s rulings and will present appeals against them before the Supreme Court in accordance with Spanish law to defend its “stand and take all necessary actions to preserve your rights.”
“The AEUL and the UL were granted to the company in July 2017 and August 2020 by the Regional Commission for the Environment and Urban Planning and the Retortillo City Council respectively,” the company has recorded.
The Stop Uranio platform and the Villavieja de Yeltes City Council filed appeals against both authorizations, which were rejected by first instance courts of Salamanca in September 2022 and January 2023.
Later, one of the plaintiffs filed an appeal before the TSJCyL, which has now issued this ruling declaring both authorizations null and void, a decision that the company will appeal to the supreme court.
On August 25, the new municipal corporation of Retortillo canceled the urban planning license granted to the Berkeley mining company in 2020 and resumed the sanctioning file for “very serious offenses” within the framework of its project.
“I have not presented myself for this specifically, I have nothing against the gentlemen of Berkeley, but I do have nothing against mining exploitation in the Retortillo district,” the socialist mayor María del Carmen González Calderón then explained to EFE, who He replaced a mayor from the PP, who was favorable to the mine, after the 28M elections.
On July 24, the mining multinational accused the Ministry for the Ecological Transition of Spain of “infringing” administrative regulations in the processing of its uranium mine project in Salamanca, over which it maintains its appeal in court.
Berkeley maintains that the way in which the Ministry has stopped its project in Salamanca “is not legal” and is “arbitrary” and asks the central government to reconsider its decision to “veto” the project to build the largest open-pit uranium mine . of Europe in Retortillo.