Minera Candelaria, Tierra Amarilla, Chile

Description
El 26 de diciembre de 2013 El Mercurio reportó que la Municipalidad de Tierra Amarilla había presentado una demanda ambiental contra la minera Candelaria para que sea condenada a reparar materialmente el daño que habría causado. La acción judicial fue interpuesta ante el Tribunal Ambiental de Santiago por el alcalde Osvaldo Delgado Quevedo. Esta empresa está explotando en la zona minerales de cobre mediante el método convencional de rajo abierto, y también ha incorporado reservas a través de explotación subterránea. Esto a 5 kilómetros al suroeste de la comuna de Tierra Amarilla, Región de Atacama.
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Basic Data
NameMinera Candelaria, Tierra Amarilla, Chile
CountryChile
ProvinceAtacama
SiteMunicipality of Tierra 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
Specific CommoditiesCopper
Gold
Molybdenum
Project Details and Actors
Project Details
The open-pit and underground deposit is located 19 km from Copiapo in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The property encompasses approximately 5,418 ha, including approximately 200 ha for the port facility in Caldera.
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Project Area (in hectares)1,300
Level of Investment (in USD)1,000,000,000
Type of PopulationUrban
Potential Affected Population13900
Company Names or State EnterprisesFreeport McMoran Copper & Gold
Sumitomo Corporation from Japan
Relevant government actorsAlcalde de Tierra Amarilla

COREMA

CONAMA
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersOCMAL

Unión Comunal de Juntas de Vecinos de Copiapó

Coordinadora Regional por la Defensa del Agua y el Medioambiente
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingIndustrial workers
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Trade unions
Forms of MobilizationLawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Strikes
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, 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, Other Environmental impacts
Health ImpactsVisible: Other environmental related diseases, Other Health impacts, Occupational disease and accidents, Deaths
OtherHealth problems due to air pollution
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCourt decision (undecided)
Do you consider this as a success?No
Sources and Materials
References

Huelga marzo 2014
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Artículo en El Mercurio sobre demanda judicial
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Descripcion proyecto
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Links

Video 'Salvemos Tierra Amarilla' (Let's save Tierra Amarilla, in Spanish)
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Other CommentsFicha del Conflicto, http://www.indh.cl/mapaconflictos/conflicto/detalle/48
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Last update13/05/2014
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