Cerro Casale / Aldebaran, Chile

Description
El proyecto Cerro Casale/Aldebaran esta ubicado en la Region de Atacama, zona sur del distrito aurifero Maricunga (a 100 Km. al este de Copiapo), es un yacimiento de mineral de oro y cobre sulfurado con reservas de 1.035 millones de ton de mineral (0,69 gramos de oro por ton y 0,26% de cobre) y seria uno de los mas grandes de Chile, incluso mayor que Pascua Lama.
See more...
Basic Data
NameCerro Casale / Aldebaran, Chile
CountryChile
ProvinceAtacama
SiteTierra Amarilla
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Tailings from mines
Mineral ore exploration
Water access rights and entitlements
Specific CommoditiesGold
Copper
Project Details and Actors
Project Details30 ton/ano de concentrado de oro 125.000 ton/ano concentrado de cobre consumo 70.000 a 120.000 metros cubicos de petroleo 8.000 empleos en fase de desarrollo 1.250 empleos permanentes vida util 18 años 23 millones oz de oro 2,63 millones ton de cobre
Level of Investment (in USD)6000000000
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population12000
Start Date2010
Company Names or State EnterprisesKinross Gold from Canada
Barrick Gold Corporation from Canada
Relevant government actorsComision Regional del Medio Ambiente de Atacama, Corporacion Nacional de Desarrollo Indigena
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersConsejo Ecologico Comunal de Tierra Amarilla, Asociacion de Agricultores del Valle de Copiapo, Kolla (indigenous) representatives
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Pastoralists
Social movements
Local scientists/professionals
Senators (parliament)
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Mine tailing spills
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseStrengthening of participation
Application of existing regulations
Withdrawal of company/investment
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.En 2012, el proyecto habria sido detenido por parte de la misma empresa tras enfrentar una fuerte oposicion por parte de organizaciones indigenas, ambientalistas y algunos senadores. La decisión final no está tomada todavía. En mayo 2013 se ha aprobado un EIA.
Sources and Materials
Legislations

Convenio 169 de la OIT
[click to view]

References

Periodico digital ElMostrador.Pais

Web de Radio Duna Noticias

Web Barrick

Periodico digital La Tercera

Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de America Latina OCMAL
[click to view]

Links

[click to view]

[click to view]

[click to view]

[click to view]

[click to view]

[click to view]

Meta Information
ContributorPatricio Chavez y Joan Martinez Alier
Last update08/04/2014
Comments