Pasta de Conchos - mine disaster (Mexico)

Description
Pasta de Conchos es un yacimiento subterraneo de carbon ubicado en la Region Carbonifera mexicana.
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Basic Data
NamePasta de Conchos - mine disaster (Mexico)
CountryMexico
ProvinceCoahuila
SiteSan Juan de Sabinas
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Coal extraction and processing
Mineral ore exploration
Specific CommoditiesCoal
Project Details and Actors
Project Details mina subterranea 700.000 toneladas de carbon lavado al año, que se han dejado de extraer desde el 19 de febrero de 2006 (fecha en que se produjo el accidente) 400 empleos
Type of PopulationUrban
Start Date2006
Company Names or State EnterprisesGrupo Mexico from Mexico
Industrial Minera Mexico S. A. (IMMSA)
Relevant government actorsSecretaria del Trabajo y Prevision Social, Gobierno Federal Mexicano
International and Financial InstitutionsOficina del Alto Comisionado de los Derechos Humanos
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersFamilia Pasta de Conchos (Abogada Cristina Auerbach), Equipo Nacional de Pastoral Laboral, Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros, Metalrgicos y Similares de la Repblica Mexicana, Centro de Reflexin y Accin Laboral (CEREAL)
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
Trade unions
Religious groups
Familiares de los accidentados
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Development of a network/collective action
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Strikes
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Fires, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Potential: Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Occupational disease and accidents, Deaths, Other environmental related diseases
OtherOver 65 deaths, industrial accident
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Militarization and increased police presence, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights
Other65 deaths, industrail accident
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Corruption
Deaths
Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Hostigamiento a los activistas
Development of AlternativesValoración economica de la vida humana
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Tras varios años de lucha por parte de los familiares de los fallecidos, las

autoridades mexicanas no terminan por hacer justicia ni sancionar a la

empresa Grupo Mexico.
Sources and Materials
References

Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de Amrica Latina OCMAL

Peridico La Jornada, 20.10.2008, Familiares de mineros muertos demandan al gobierno federal financiar el rescate de cuerpos

Web Milenio, Condena ONU falta de justicia en caso Pasta de Conchos, 17.02.2012

Web Animal Politico, Gobierno nos presiona para recibir indemnizaciones bajas: deudos Pasta de Conchos, 22.06.2011

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Napoleon Gomez Urrutia, La Jornada, 20 Febr 2014, Pasta de Conchos: impunidad y homicidio industrial,
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Media Links

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Other CommentsEl rescata de cuerpos no se produjo y la indemnizacion a los familiares de los fallecidos está pendiente al negarse estos a aceptar indemnizaciones muy bajas. Su organizacion

Familia Pasta de Conchos es hostigada por las autoridades.
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ContributorPatricio Chavez & JMA
Last update08/04/2014
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