Mexican judge halts wetland destruction

2016-01-21 10:53

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Mexico City - A federal judge in Mexico's Quintana Roo state has ordered a halt to the destruction of a mangrove swamp in Cancun.

Heavy machinery largely cleared and filled the area on Saturday over the objections of local environmentalists.

Mexico's environmental agency said in a statement on Wednesday that the project by the government's tourist development arm had all of the necessary permits and that it would respond to the federal court's ruling.

The environmental agency said it had approved the environmental impact in 2005, including removal of about 49 hectares of vegetation. It said a law prohibiting actions that impact the water flow of mangrove swamps went into effect in 2007, after the current project had already been approved.

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