Santa Barbara, Honduras

Description
El departamento de Santa Barbara, esta ubicado en la frontera con Guatemala, en este departamento en la zona de las Vegas se viene explotando la Mina El Mochito desde 1948.
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Basic Data
NameSanta Barbara, Honduras
CountryHonduras
ProvinceSanta Barbara
SiteSanta Barbara
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 CommoditiesZinc
Silver
Lead
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsMina subterranea 10.000 ton de zinc en concentrados anual 4.900 ton de plomo en concentrados anual 600.000 onzas troy de plata anual
Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Potential Affected Population100000
Start Date2007
Company Names or State EnterprisesBreakwater
Oracle Energy Corporation from Canada
Nyrstar from Belgium
Relevant government actorsMunicipio de Santa Barbara, Municipio de San Francisco, Municipio Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Secretar??a de Recursos Naturales
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersAlianza Civica por la Democracia, Consejo Parroquial, Asociacion de Organismos No Gubernamentales
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 MobilizingFarmers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Official complaint letters and petitions
Street protest/marches
Declaratoria de Santa Barbara como municipio ecologico, contra la mina El Mochito
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Mine tailing spills
Potential: Air pollution, Soil contamination, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
OtherEnvironmental Liabilities (Pasivos Ambientales)of El Mochito mine
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCorruption
New legislation
Repression
Strengthening of participation
Application of existing regulations
Srong pro mining state policy after the coup against President Zelaya
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.La mina El Mochito sigue en operacion pese a la declaratoria como Canton Ecologico

realizado por el cabildo ampliado en el cual participo el propio alcalde de Santa Barbara
Sources and Materials
References

Peri??dico electr??nico ,
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Periodico electronico , febrero de 2012
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Revista Biodiversidad en America Latina y El Caribe agosto 2007

No a la mina, agosto 2007

Links

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ContributorPatricio Chávez y Joan Martinez Alier
Last update08/04/2014
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