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EARTHWORKS * NIPARAJA*SIERRA LA LAGUNAPRES STATEMENT: DECEMBER 16, 2014CONTACTS:
Gabriel Patron, Niparaja, firstname.lastname@example.org, +52 612 1221171 ext 112
Payal Sampat, International Program Director, Earthworks, email@example.com, + 1 (202) 887 1872 x110
Jesús Echevarría, President of the Advisory Board of Sierra La Laguna, firstname.lastname@example.org, +52 1 612 1679302
Mexican/International Coalition Urges Mexico’s Environment Ministry to Block Los Cardones Mine Proposal Within UNESCO Global Biosphere Reserve
Local farmers and businesses declare mine would deplete and pollute limited water in Baja California SurLa Paz, Mexico and Washington, D.C. –An international coalition of 34 civil society groups has urged Mexico’s central environment authority SEMARNAT to deny permits for the Los Cardones mine proposed by Mexican corporation Invecture. The groups demanded that SEMARNAT protect the Sierra la Laguna Mountains UNESCO Global Biosphere Reserve, its limited water resources, and the communities that depend on them. The coalition comprises of community organizations, and environmental and human rights groups based in Baja California Sur and around the world.
“Los Cardones would place at risk all future development in Baja California Sur,” said Jesús Echevarría Haro, President of the Advisory Board of Sierra La Laguna. He continued, “Our economy is driven by tourism, real estate and organic agriculture. There is no room for open-pit mines in our fragile part of the world.”
Recent mine disasters highlight Los Cardones’ pollution risks. In Mexico and Canada, the Sonora and Mount Polley mine waste spills poured billions of gallons of toxics into nearby rivers and lakes. The Los Cardones mine’s tailings dam would be located atop the watershed from which a new aqueduct will be supplying the city of La Paz — threatening the water supply for its nearly 250,000 inhabitants.
“Mount Polley’s operator claimed to use best practices and technology when it was built, just as Los Cardones’ promoters are saying now” said Payal Sampat, International Program Director at Earthworks. “A short-lived gold mine is just not worth the risk of permanent pollution.”
The creation of this 10-year mine would generate more than 64,000 tons of waste material each day. Even without the mine, historical mining has contaminated water and produced waste rock in the area. [ read more ... ]