UPDATE 3-Peru says it could ask for changes to Southern Copper project amid protests

viernes 24 de abril de 2015 15:03 GYT

* Minister says every environmental plan could be improved

* The project's environmental plan was approved in August

* Protest leader says opponents want project canceled

* Minister expects to issue construction permit in 2 months (Adds comment from company)

By Marco Aquino

LIMA, April 24 (Reuters) - Peru's energy and mines minister said on Friday the government could ask Southern Copper Corp to make further changes to its $1.4 billion Tia Maria project if needed after protests by farmers turned deadly this week.

Rosa Maria Ortiz said the government was focused on restarting talks with opponents of the open-pit copper project, who fear it will pollute surrounding agricultural valleys.

One protester died from a bullet wound during clashes with police on Wednesday as a month-long protest spread ahead of the proposed mine's construction.

Tia Maria has been stalled since 2011 after three died in similar rallies.   Continuación...