Valle de Elqui - Teck, Pan Pacific

Description
En el Valle de Elqui, Región de Coquimbo a unos 370 km al norte de Santiago, en la cordillera de los Andes, cerca de la frontera con Argentina y cerca de donde nace uno de los afluentes del río Cochiguaz, la Minera Teck Cominco inició en reserva, una serie de sondajes y exploraciones.
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Basic Data
NameValle de Elqui - Teck, Pan Pacific
CountryChile
ProvinceCoquimbo
SiteVicu�a
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Water access rights and entitlements
Tailings from mines
Mineral ore exploration
Specific CommoditiesCopper
Gold
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsProyecto en exploración
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date2008
Company Names or State EnterprisesPan Pacific Copper Co., Ltd. from Japan
Teck Resources Limited from Canada
Relevant government actorsMunicipalidad de Vicuña, Municipalidad de Paihuano, Fiscalía de Medio Ambiente, Dirección General de Aguas, Comisión Nacional de Medio Ambiente CONAMA, Comisión Regional de Medio Ambiente COREMA
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersJunta de Vecinos de Cochiguaz, Unión Vecinal de Paihuano
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Recreational users
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of a network/collective action
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Mine tailing spills
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Potential: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseEnvironmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area
Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.Mientras uno de los proyectos aparentaría estar detenido por parte de la empresa minera, los otros dos siguen en marcha, esperando la reacción de la

comunidad al avance de los proyectos.
Sources and Materials
References

Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina OCMAL

Blog Semanario Elqui

Periódico digital Clarín

Periódico digital Nación.cl

El Observatodo

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ContributorPatricio Chávez, JMA y Talia Waldron
Last update08/04/2014
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