San Jose del Progreso, Oaxaca, Mexico

Description
Desde el 2005, Continuum Resources ha explorado el subsuelo de la poblacion zapoteca de San Jose del Progreso, en el Valle de Ocotlan, Oaxaca, aprovechando concesiones otorgadas por el gobierno federal.
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Basic Data
NameSan Jose del Progreso, Oaxaca, Mexico
CountryMexico
ProvinceOaxaca
SiteSan Jose del Progreso
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Mineral ore exploration
Water access rights and entitlements
Tailings from mines
Specific CommoditiesGold
Silver
Project Details and Actors
Project Detailsmina a cielo abierto vida util 12 años procesaria 1.500 toneladas de mineral por dia
Project Area (in hectares)700
Type of PopulationUrban
Start Date2009
Company Names or State EnterprisesContinuum Resources
Cuzcatlan, Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.
Relevant government actorsMunicipio de San Jose del Progreso , Gobierno de Oaxaca
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersCoordinadora de Pueblos Unidos del Valle de Ocotlan CPUVO, Instituto Mexicano para el Desarrollo Comunitario IMDEC, Centro Prodh, Colectivo Oaxaqueño en Defensa de los Territorios
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Religious groups
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Land occupation
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Mine tailing spills
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..) , Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution, Occupational disease and accidents, Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in violence and crime, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Specific impacts on women
Outcome
Project StatusUnder construction
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCorruption
Criminalization of activists
Deaths
Migration/displacement
Violent targeting of activists
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.El Estado ha ejercido violencia contra los movimientos civicos y

antimineros y su lider Bernardo Vasquez fue asesinado en 2012 sin que se

haya aclarado la autoria.
Sources and Materials
References

La Jornada, Balea edil de San Jose del Progreso a opositores de mina La Trinidad, Mexico, 19 de enero de 2012, p. 35

Documental Minas y Mentiras dir. Roberto Stefani

Blog lavidaolamina, Toma simbolica de la Mina de San Jose del Progreso, Oaxaca, 13 de mayo de 2012

Links

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Media Links

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Video (in Spanish) features interviews with various community members from San José del Progreso who oppose Vancouver-based Fortuna Silver's Cuzcatlán (Trinidad) mine. View the video on the website of Movimiento Mesoamericano Contra el Modelo Extractivo Minero (M4): No queremos la mina!

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ContributorPatricio Chavez & JMA
Last update08/04/2014
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