Cocula, Guerrero, Mexico

Description

Un estudio de la Secretaria de Salud (SSA) y de la Comision de Agua Potable Alcantarillado y Saneamiento del Estado de Guerrero (CAPAEG) determino que existe contaminacion grave en cuerpos de agua de Cocula, debido a derrames de arsenico de la empresa minera Media Luna.

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Basic Data
NameCocula, Guerrero, Mexico
CountryMexico
ProvinceGuerrero
SiteCocula
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Mineral ore exploration
Water access rights and entitlements
Tailings from mines
Specific CommoditiesGold
Project Details and Actors
Project Details580 empleos
Project Area (in hectares)1012
Level of Investment (in USD)400000000
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date2002
Company Names or State EnterprisesMedia Luna
Teck Resources Limited from Canada
Relevant government actorsSecretaria de Salud SSA, Comision de Agua Potable Alcantarillado y Saneamiento del Estado de Guerrero CAPAEG, Municipio de Cocula, Gobernacion del Estado de Guerrero
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersCoalicion de Ejidos de Real de Limon, Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Media based activism/alternative media
Public campaigns
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Estudio de calidad del agua
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Potential: Waste overflow, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Mine tailing spills
OtherContaminacipn del agua por arsenico
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Otherenfermedad por consumo de agua contaminada por arsenico
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Loss of livelihood, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Specific impacts on women, Land dispossession
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Criminalization of activists
Deaths
Violent targeting of activists
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.La mina continua en operacion pese a la fuerte oposicion de la poblacion.
Sources and Materials
References

INFORME PREVENTIVO EXPLORACIoN MINERA DIRECTA PROYECTO MEDIA LUNA,
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Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de America Latina OCMAL

Indimedia Mexico, Guerrero: Detienen a opositores a la minera

canadiense Media Luna, 04.09.2009

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ContributorPatricio Chavez & JMA
Last update08/04/2014
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