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Cocula, Guerrero, Mexico


Un estudio de la Secretaria de Salud (SSA) y de la Comision de Agua Potable Alcantarillado y Saneamiento del Estado de Guerrero (CAPAEG) determino que existe contaminacion grave en cuerpos de agua de Cocula, debido a derrames de arsenico de la empresa minera Media Luna.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Cocula, Guerrero, Mexico
State or province:Guerrero
(municipality or city/town)Cocula
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 commodities:
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

580 empleos

Project area:1012
Level of Investment:400000000
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2002
Company names or state enterprises:Media Luna
Teck Resources Limited (Teck) from Canada
Relevant government actors:Secretaria de Salud SSA, Comision de Agua Potable Alcantarillado y Saneamiento del Estado de Guerrero CAPAEG, Municipio de Cocula, Gobernacion del Estado de Guerrero
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Coalicion de Ejidos de Real de Limon, Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Social movements
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Media based activism/alternative media
Public campaigns
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Estudio de calidad del agua
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Potential: Waste overflow, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Mine tailing spills
Other Environmental impactsContaminacipn del agua por arsenico
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Other Health impactsenfermedad por consumo de agua contaminada por arsenico
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Loss of livelihood, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Specific impacts on women, Land dispossession
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Criminalization of activists
Violent targeting of activists
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:La mina continua en operacion pese a la fuerte oposicion de la poblacion.
Sources and Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de America Latina OCMAL

Indimedia Mexico, Guerrero: Detienen a opositores a la minera

canadiense Media Luna, 04.09.2009

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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

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Contributor:Patricio Chavez & JMA
Last update08/04/2014