Last update:
2014-06-24

Cotui contra Pueblo Viejo/Barrick Gold, Dominican Republic

Description:

El proyecto de extracción de oro “Pueblo Viejo”, está ubicado en la provincia Sánchez Ramírez, a 100 kms. de Santo Domingo. en el lugar de la antigua operación de Rosario Dominicana, empresa que explotó los depósitos desde 1975 hasta 1999 año en que cerró sus operaciones.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Cotui contra Pueblo Viejo/Barrick Gold, Dominican Republic
Country:Dominican Republic
State or province:Sánchez Ramírez
Location of conflict:Cotui
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
Tailings from mines
Water access rights and entitlements
Specific commodities:
Gold
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Mina a cielo abierto Tratamiento a 24.000 toneladas por dia El contrato diria que los pasivos ambientales seran responsabilidad del estado Vida util 25 anos Reservas probadas y probables de 25,3 millones de oz. de oro (31 de diciembre de 2011) La mina a aumentando la produccion se espera para diciembre de 2012 rompa los records previstos (80.000 onzas de oro) Construye una planta de 215 MW de fuel oil pesado (inicio de operacion en 2013) 2.000 empleos

Level of Investment:3,800,000,000
Type of populationUrban
Affected Population:42,000
Start of the conflict:2006
Company names or state enterprises:Barrick Gold Corporation from Canada
Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation
Goldcorp Inc from Canada
Relevant government actors:Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo de la Camara Civil, http://www.primicias.com.do/provincias/36-provincias/20266-jueza-se-reserva-fallo-en-demanda-barrick-goald-contra-cabildo-de-bayaguana
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Union de Juntas de Vecinos de Cotui, Central Nacional de Transportistas Unificados (CNTU).
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Informal workers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Trade unions
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil erosion, Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Mine tailing spills
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
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, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Corruption
Repression
Strengthening of participation
Violent targeting of activists
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Aun cuando la resistencia al proyecto es muy amplia el mismo no se ha podido detener.
Sources and Materials
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Contributor:Patricio Chavez
Last update24/06/2014
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