San Andres - Copan (Honduras)

Description
La Mina de San Andres, ubicada en el Municipio de La Union, Departamento de Copan, en la frontera con Guatemala a unos 200 kilometros al occidente de Tegucigalpa.
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Basic Data
NameSan Andres - Copan (Honduras)
CountryHonduras
ProvinceCopan
SiteLa Union
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Land acquisition conflicts
Tailings from mines
Mineral ore exploration
Specific CommoditiesGold
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsMina a cielo Abierto Vida util 7 años Removerá 13.1 millones de ton. con ley media de 1.59 gramos por tonelada Reservas 671.000 onzas de oro
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date1998
Company Names or State EnterprisesGreenstone Minera from Canada
Minerales de Occidente, S.A. (MINOSA) from Honduras
Yamana Gold Inc. from Canada
Aura Gold from Canada
International and Financial InstitutionsBanco Atlantida from Honduras
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersAsociacion de Organismos No Gubernamentales, ASONOG.
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 MobilizingInternational ejos
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Religious groups
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Potential: Air pollution, Soil contamination, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Groundwater pollution or depletion
OtherLocal population uprooted
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Militarization and increased police presence
OtherLocal population uprooted
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCorruption
Land demarcation
Migration/displacement
Negotiated alternative solution
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Los habitantes de la zona han denunciado contaminacion de las aguas del rio con cianuro

y problemas de salud, por otro lado, los pobladores que mantuvieron un

acuerdo para la venta de sus propiedades fueron estafados al no recibir

sus pagos. Pese a todo, el proyecto sigue en marcha
Sources and Materials
References

excelente descripcion,por pastor de la iglesia menonita,
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Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de America Latina OCMAL

Mining Watch Canada, junio 2001

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ContributorPatricio Chávez
Last update08/04/2014
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