On 16 February, communards from San Dionisio del Mar marched to commemorate the awarding of communal lands and to express their rejection of the wind-project that the Macquaire firm intends to build in the Pueblo Viejo zone. They demonstrated their disapproval with mayor Miguel López Castellanos, who authorized the permission of use of land for the project. Since the end of January, they have taken the mayor’s office, given that they accuse the mayor of having authorized the permits after having received 17 million pesos.
In parallel, different media have reported that the Secretary of Energy is negotiating with private investors to award incentives that would permit the beginning of the construction of new wind-energy projects so as to reach the governmental goal of having 35% of national capacity come from clean energy sources. For his part, Alejandro Velasco, director of Renewable Energy from the Secretary for Tourism and Economic Development, has affirmed that five wind-energy plants will begin functioning in the Tehuantepec Isthmus, bringing the total to 9 in the region.
For more information (in Spanish):
El gobierno otorgará incentivos a las inversiones en parques eólicos (La Jornada, 15 February 2012)
Cinco nuevas plantas eólicas en Oaxaca (El Economista, 17 February)
Marchan comuneros contra parque eólico (NSS Oaxaca, 17 February)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Oaxaca: Communards of San Dionisio del Mar revoke contract for wind-farm (9 February 2012)
Oaxaca: Death-threats against human-rights defenders (4 November 2011)