On the 14th of September a federal judge from Acapulco decided in favor of the indefinite suspension of work on the hydroelectric dam project La Parota and ordered the Federal Commission on Electricity (CFE) to stop construction. The District 8 Court in Guerrero conceded an appeal to the inhabitants of Cacahuatepec halting the work that was initiated in June of 2005. This project is considered one of the most important of Vicente Fox’s government (2000-2006). Since the beginning of construction four years ago, environmentalists and non-governmental organizations have denounced the many environmental risks to the waters of the Papagayo River and the biodiversity within the zone, as well as, the irreparable damage to the constitutional right to a healthy environment.
The inhabitants opposed to the mega-project, organized within the Council of Collective Landholders and Communities Opposed to La Parota (CECOP) in the region have argued that the construction of the dam will provoke the displacement of 25,000 people and flood 17,300 hectares of land. It is worth remembering that the resistance against La Parota dam project has cost the lives of three rural farmers who were assassinated during a confrontation to impede its construction.
The lawyer for the Mexican Center of Environmental Rights (CEMDA), Xavier Martínez Esponda, indicated that the provisional suspension of the hydroelectric dam project sets a precedent in Mexico now that the protection of the environment has been privileged over a project around infrastructure, as well as, permitted the protection of public interest.