Minería de Uranio cerca de la Rioja, Argentina

Comunidades y asambleas detienen con bloqueos de ruta y protestas la exploración de uranio cerca de la ciudad de la Rioja.


Description

En un momento de fuerte movilización provincial contra la minería se hace público el interés de la Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica de avanzar en la exploración y explotación de uranio en la Quebrada de Alipan (Cantadero) cerca de la ciudad de La Rioja con una población de 200.000 hab. Como resultado de las luchas antimineras se obtiene en 2012 la sanción de la Ordenanza N4930 que declara el departamento Capital "No tóxico, no nuclear y ambientalmente sustentable”. Luego de un año de reclamos y escraches la Municipalidad clausura preventivamente la mina de Alipan en las Cañas, pese a los reclamos de clausura efectiva demandada por los movimientos. 

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Basic Data
NameMinería de Uranio cerca de la Rioja, Argentina
CountryArgentina
ProvinceLa Rioja
SiteLa cañas
Accuracy of LocationLOW country/state level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Mineral ore exploration
Uranium extraction
Specific CommoditiesUranium
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsPlanes de la Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica de realizar cateos y exploración en mina de Uranio.
Project Area (in hectares)942
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population200,000
Company Names or State EnterprisesComisión Nacional de Energía Atómica (CNEA) from Argentina
Relevant government actorsMunicipio capital, gobierno provincial
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersAsamblea Riojana Capital, vecinos del el Cantadero
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Women
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Potential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Soil contamination, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Mine tailing spills, Other Environmental impacts
Otherradiation
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCourt decision (failure for environmental justice)
Project temporarily suspended
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Sources and Materials
References

short documentary on local mobilization
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Links

Blokades in 2014
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Asamblea Riojana Capital
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Actions in 2018
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Media Links

description of the conflict by central actor
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Other Documents

Protesta contra minería uranio Protesta contra minería de Uranio. Asamblea Riojana
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ContributorMariana Walter
Last update26/06/2018
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