Last update:
2014-04-08

Doña Inés de Collahuasi, Chile

Description:

Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi, también conocidad como Santa Inés de Collahuasi, está ubicado en el norte de Chile, a 180 km de Iquique en la región de Tarapacá.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Doña Inés de Collahuasi, Chile
Country:Chile
State or province:Tarapacá
Location of conflict:Pica
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
Mineral ore exploration
Interbasin water transfers/transboundary water conflicts
Specific commodities:Molibdeno
Copper
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Vida útil de la mina más de 50 años Mina a cielo abierto, planta concentradora, planta SX-EW y un ducto de 200km Producción 535.853 toneladas de cobre en 2009 (un 15,4% más que en 2008) 400.000 toneladas de cobre anuales (equivalen a un 3% de la producción mundial y 10% de la producción de Chile)

Level of Investment:6500000000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:5800
Start of the conflict:2004
Company names or state enterprises:Anglo American from United Kingdom
Xtrata Copper from Switzerland
Relevant government actors:Comisión Nacional del Medio Ambiente CONAMA , Dirección General de Aguas de Chile, Programa de Investigación Estratégica en Bolivia , Servicio Geológico y Técnico de Minas , Municipio de Colcha K
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Asociación de Propietarios Agrícolas Resbaladero, Consejo de Iniciativas Ecológicas (Ciede) de Iquique
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Industrial workers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Trade unions
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
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
Strikes
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Potential: Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Soil contamination, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Mine tailing spills
Other Environmental impactsAfectación al Salar del Huasco, sitio Ramsar
Health ImpactsPotential: Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Militarization and increased police presence
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Technical solutions to improve resource supply/quality/distribution
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:El conflicto ha dejado de ser un problema de acceso al agua a nivel nacional y toma consecuencias internacionales, sin embargo las empresas propietarias no cesan en su afán de ampliación del proyecto.
Sources and Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Periódico , 2011.01.19
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Web , 2010.09.22
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Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina OCMAL

La Tercera

Pedro Armendariz, Las verguenzas de Doña Inés de Collahuasi 2010.05.10

Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

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Contributor:Patricio Chávez, Joan Martinez Alier y Talia Waldron
Last update08/04/2014
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