Chiapas/Mexico: Damages due to mining in Cahuaré denounced; call for Second Regional Forum on Mining

Mining plant in Cahuaré (@www.proyectoambulante.org)

On 18 November, the organization Save the Jungle, together with the Committee Pro-Improvements Ribera Cahuare, initiated a campaign to denounce the pollution of the environment and the health problems caused by the firm Cales y Morteros del Grijalva, S.A. de C.V.  The company has extracted limestone from the ground for construction materials since 1963.  Its mining activities produce serious damages to the environment and negatively affect the health of the people.  “46.2% of the population suffers from respiratory diseases, the vegetation is dying, the homes and walls of the Cañón del Sumidero are cracked,” denounces the Committee Pro-Improvements Ribera Cahuare.  The factory and limestone mining releases atmospheric dust, black smoke, and deafening sounds day and night.  The burned material (Petcoke) is highly toxic.  In accordance with denunciations, in the surrounding area there is “a terrible smell, like burning tires or sulfur.”  When it does not rain, the wind disperses the dust throughtout hte community.  The Committee invites society to sign a letter to the authorities requesting international intervention in the community as well as reparations to be paid by the Mexican State.

Lastly, the Municipal Agent of Maguey largo, San José del Progeso; the Municipal Agencies and Ejidal Authorities of El Vergel and its annex Los Ocotes, Ejutla de Crespo; the Municipal and Communal Authorities of Capulalpam de Méndez; the Coordination of United Peoples from the Valley of Ocotlán and the Oaxacan Collective in Defense of Territory have called for a Second Regional Informational Forum regarding mining and its impacts on indigenous and rural communities, to be held on 26 November in the municipal agency of “Maguey largo,” San José del Progreso, Ocotlán, Oaxaca, starting at 9am.

For more information (in Spanish):

México, Chiapas: Familias enferman por actividad minera en Ribera Cahuaré (Salva la Selva, 18 November)

Con documental sobre minera, oaxaqueños continúan su protesta (La Jornada, 5 November)

Comunidades de Oaxaca se oponen a proyecto minero (Colectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorios, 12 October)

Convocatoria para el Foro sobre Minería

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero – briefs: Mining exploration continues in the Montaña region without permission from communities; reinstallation of the blockade against La Parota (January 13, 2011)

Guerrero: Mobilization of the Communal Police against mining (9 August 2011)

Oaxaca: Civil Mission of Observation “Water is Life; Let us Defend its Existence” (8 September 2010)

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