Loma Miranda ferronickel mine, Dominican Republic

<div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Description</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld"></td><td class="columns"><div class="less">On October 2, 2013, Reuters reported that the global mining and commodities trading giant Glencore Xstrata was suspending operations at its Falcondo (Falconbridge Dominicana) nickel mine in the Dominican Republic due to falling nickel prices. However, this was not the only cause. There has been much resistance. The announcement came a day after legislators created a national park, Loma Miranda, on the outskirts of the mine, although the company said its decision was not related to environmental pressures.</div><a class="seemore" href="#">See more...</a><div class="more" style="display:none">A spokesman for Glencore-Xstrata, the Switzerland-based company, said the mine will be stopped temporarily for up to three years resulting in the loss of up to 1,000 jobs.<br/><br/>The ferronickel mine in Loma Miranda about 60 milesnorth of the capital Santo Domingo would occupy 1400 ha. It has been the focus of environmental protests since 2007.<br/><br/><a class="seeless" href="#">(See less)</a></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Basic Data</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Name</td><td>Loma Miranda ferronickel mine, Dominican Republic</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Country</td><td><a href="/country/dominican-republic">Dominican Republic</a></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Province</td><td>La Vega</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Site</td><td>Municipio de La Vega </td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Accuracy of Location</td><td>HIGH local level</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Source of Conflict</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (1st level)</td><td>Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (2nd level)</td><td>Establishment of reserves/national parks<br /> Other</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Specific Commodities</td><td>Ferro-nickel</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Project Details and Actors</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Details</td><td class="columns"><div class="less">The area occupied would be 1,400 hectares. </div><a class="seemore" href="#">See more...</a><div class="more" style="display:none">Production of 28 million tons of ferronickel.<br/><br/>Investment of 700,000,000 USD<br/><br/><a class="seeless" href="#">(See less)</a></div></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Project Area (in hectares)</td><td>1,400</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Level of Investment (in USD)</td><td>700000000</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Population</td><td>Rural</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Start Date</td><td>2007</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">End Date</td><td>2013</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Company Names or State Enterprises</td><td><a href='/company/glencore-xstrata'>Glencore-Xstrata</a> from <a href='/country-of-company/switzerland'><small>Switzerland</small></a><br /><a href='/company/falconbridge'>Falconbridge</a> from <a href='/country-of-company/canada'><small>Canada</small></a></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Relevant government actors</td><td>Gobierno Municipal</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">The Conflict and the Mobilization</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)</td><td>MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">When did the mobilization begin</td><td>In REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Groups Mobilizing</td><td>International ejos<br /> Local ejos<br /> Local government/political parties<br /> Neighbours/citizens/communities<br /> Recreational users<br /> Local scientists/professionals</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Forms of Mobilization</td><td>Creation of alternative reports/knowledge<br /> Development of alternative proposals<br /> Involvement of national and international NGOs<br /> Objections to the EIA</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Impacts</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Environmental Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Mine tailing spills</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Health Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Other environmental related diseases</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Socio-economic Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Displacement, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Outcome</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Status</td><td>Stopped</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Pathways for conflict outcome / response</td><td>Land demarcation<br /> New legislation<br /> New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study<br /> Project cancelled</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Development of Alternatives</td><td>Protected area of Loma Miranda enacted by Parliament of the Dominican Republic</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Do you consider this as a success?</td><td>Yes</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Why? Explain briefly.</td><td>The complaints led to new legislation making of Loma Miranda a protected area. Glencore-Xstrata stopped the ferronickel project.</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Sources and Materials</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Links</td><td><table><tr><td><p> Newspaper article<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://elnacional.com.do/ven-posible-loma-miranda/" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> OCMAL report<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://basedatos.conflictosmineros.net/ocmal_db/?page=conflicto&id=201" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> From the company's view pont<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://falcondord.tumblr.com/post/63389559053/sobre-falcondo-y-loma-miranda-una-opinion-desde-dentro" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Other Comments</td><td>OCMAL reported: La Academia de Ciencias de República Dominicana, la institución que mejor ha detallado las características de la Loma Miranda, sostiene que esta reserva que se ubica en la vertiente norte de la Cordillera Central, dentro del segundo Corredor Biológico más importante de la República Dominicana, contiene casi 500 especies botánicas con una o dos especies por género e increíblemente, con la mitad de las familias de vegetales de toda la isla La Española; todo se enmarca dentro de una inmensa alfombra de pinos endémicos (Pinus occidentalis) y de múltiples asociaciones ecológicas, donde se destacan el bosque mixto, bosques latifoliados (hojas anchas), bosques de galería y bosques nublados que dan lugar a una de las redes hídricas más profusas del territorio nacional; provocando además, notables cambios en el patrón de distribución de los vientos y de las lluvias</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Meta Information</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Contributor</td><td>Estrella del Mar & Joan Martinez Alier</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Last update</td><td>03/05/2014</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div>
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