A water fight in Chile’s Atacama raises questions over lithium mining

FILE PHOTO: Workers prepare to install a moisture metering system in the middle of Atacama salt flat near Toconao in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (Reuters) – Earlier this year, the world’s two biggest lithium producers publicly celebrated new deals with Chile’s government that will allow them to vastly increase output of the ultralight battery metal from the Atacama, the world’s driest desert. U.S.-based Albemarle Corp and Chile’s SQM operate just 3 miles (5 km) apart […]

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