Last update:
2019-09-09

Coal Mining project (Mina Guaíba) in Río Grande del Sul, Brazil

The Guaíba Mine is a project that aims to extract 166 million tons of coal threatening nearby environmental reserves including the Jacuí River Delta and livelihoods of local farmers.


Description:

La Mina Guaíba es un proyecto de minería de carbón mineral, arena y grava que está en proceso de licenciamiento ambiental para instalarse en área de 4.373 hectáreas en los municipios de Charqueadas y de Eldorado del Sul, en la Província de Rio Grande del Sur, Brasil.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Coal Mining project (Mina Guaíba) in Río Grande del Sul, Brazil
Country:Brazil
State or province:Río Grande del Sul
Location of conflict:Eldorado do Sul y Charqueadas
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
Specific commodities:Land
Coal
Sand, gravel
Cut flowers
Titanium ores
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Según el Informe de Impacto Ambiental contratado por la minera COPELMI, el proyecto prevé la extracción de una reserva estimada de 166 millones de toneladas de carbón bruto a lo largo

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Project area:4,373
Level of Investment:4,000.000.000
Type of populationRural
Company names or state enterprises:COPELMI from Brazil - Empresa minera
Air Products from United States of America - Empresa asociada de COPELMI para viabilizar la inversión
Zhetiang Energy Group from China - Socio de COPELMI para viabilizar la inversión
Relevant government actors:Gobierno del Estado de Río Grande del Sur; Fundação Estadual de Proteção Ambiental (Fepam).Ministerio Público de la Provincia (MPE) y el Ministerio Público Federal (MPF)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Environmentalists, Agapan http://www.agapan.org.br/ ; AMA Guaíba https://amaguaiba.org/ .
Joining of over one hundred environmental, associative and trade union entities:
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Industrial workers
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Religious groups
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Objections to the EIA
Boycotts of companies-products
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Global warming, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Mine tailing spills, Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity)
Health ImpactsPotential: Malnutrition, Other environmental related diseases, Other Health impacts
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood
Potential: Loss of landscape/sense of place, Other socio-economic impacts, Displacement, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Land dispossession, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment
Outcome
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:Corruption
Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
Migration/displacement
Negotiated alternative solution
Withdrawal of company/investment
Project temporarily suspended
Development of alternatives:-Agroecology practices
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Although some mobilizing actions have been taken by the local communities there is still the plan to go forward with the mine. There are several new mining projects in RGS.
Sources and Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Los asentados protestan en una audiencia pública sobre la mina de carbón
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Que el proyecto Mina Guaíba no repita la tragedia de Brumadinho
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Los ambientalistas y la empresa discordan sobre los riesgos para instalar la mayor mina de carbón de Brasil.
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sitio web de la municipalidad de Eldorado del Sur
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Mina de carbón en Eldorado del Sur amenaza al Delta del Jacuí
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El proyecto carboquímico incluirá arena y grava
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Mina de carvão a 16 km de Porto Alegre: debate opõe promessas de progresso e alertas sobre impactos
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La instalación de mina en Eldorado del Sur moviliza a diputados, concejales y entidades ambientales
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Entidades ambientales, asociativas y sindicales se unen contra la megaminería
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Investment, 4 billion USD. Folha de Sao Paulo, 7 Sept. 2019. Sul trava batalha do carvão para criar novo polo de gás. Empresa busca licença para abrir maior mina a céu aberto do minério no país. Paula Soprana
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Jornal do Comércio, 20 agosto 2019. Audiência em Porto Alegre confronta posições sobre implantação de Mina Guaíba.
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

(1) Gauchazh. ECONOMIA. NOVO CICLO. 24/5/2919. RS tem projetos para investir até R$ 2 bi em mineração. São quatro grandes empreendimentos com previsão de criar 2,3 mil vagas. Ministérios públicos acompanham tramitação de pedidos no governo
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Sul 21. Mina Guaíba: concentração de poluentes na atmosfera ultrapassaria em até 241% o permitido por lei. Agosto 21, 2019
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Other documents

Relatório de Impacto Ambiental - RIMA Informe de Impacto Ambiental contratado por la empresa minera
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Comunidades atingidas pela mina protestaram na audiência pública realizada em Charqueadas Comunidades atingidas pela mina protestaram na audiência pública realizada em Charqueadas

Source: https://www.extraclasse.org.br/sem-categoria/2019/03/assentados-protestam-em-audiencia-publica-sobre-mina-de-carvao/ on April 2019
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rea em Charqueadas pode ser desapropriada para implantação da Mina Guaíba. Omar Freitas / Agencia RBS
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2019-09-09 14:29:18 UTC
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revised/approved, added new inf. August/Sept 019. jma
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Other comments:La versión de la minería: http://copelmi.com.br/eia-rima-mina-guaiba/
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Last update09/09/2019
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