Last update:
2019-10-20

Mina Los Filos - El Bermejal, Carrizalillo, Guerrero, Mexico

A community in the state of Guerrero suffers an extremely high degree of violence as a consequence of gold mining first by the Canadian firm Goldcorp, and now by LeaGold Mining. The mine is expected to expand.


Description:

Carrizalillo es una comunidad del municipio de Eduardo Neri, antes Zumpango del Rio, situada en la región centro del estado de Guerrero, en México. Sus tierras, de régimen agrario ejidal, comunal y parcelario, se ubican sobre una zona que goza de una muy peculiar y abundante riqueza en metales preciosos, a tal grado que su territorio es atravesado por una franja de aproximadamente 100 km de longitud, por 80 km de ancho, denominada “El Cinturón Dorado”, en donde prevalecen grandes empresas mineras de capitales privados extranjeros y nacionales.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Mina Los Filos - El Bermejal, Carrizalillo, Guerrero, Mexico
Country:Mexico
State or province:Guerrero
Location of conflict:Carrizalillo, municipio de Eduardo Neri
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Tailings from mines
Mineral processing
Water access rights and entitlements
Specific commodities:Gold
Uranium
Project Details and Actors
Project details

El complejo minero de ciclo completo“Los Filos”incluye dos tajos a cielo abierto (“El Bermejal” y “Los Filos”); el denominado “Túnel Nukay” de extracción subterránea, y un patio de lixiviados (de 400 ha).

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Project area:2960
Level of Investment:438,000,000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:1000
Start of the conflict:2003
Company names or state enterprises:Goldcorp Inc from Canada
Leagold from Canada
Relevant government actors:Tribunal Popular Internacional de la Salud.
REMA Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería.
Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan (CDHM) (Guerrero).
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Tribunal Popular Internacional de la Salud.
REMA Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería.
Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan (CDHM) (Guerrero).
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Industrial workers
Local ejos
Landless peasants
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Trade unions
Wastepickers, recyclers
Women
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Local scientists/professionals
Religious groups
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Artistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Blockades
Boycotts of official procedures/non-participation in official processes
Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Land occupation
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Referendum other local consultations
Sabotage
Shareholder/financial activism.
Street protest/marches
Property damage/arson
Strikes
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Hunger strikes and self immolation
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Boycotts of companies-products
Refusal of compensation
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Genetic contamination, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Mine tailing spills
Potential: Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Global warming, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Fires, Oil spills, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Other Environmental impacts
Health ImpactsVisible: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..), Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution, Infectious diseases, Deaths, Other environmental related diseases
Potential: Malnutrition, Occupational disease and accidents, Other Health impacts
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Increase in violence and crime, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Corruption
Criminalization of activists
Deaths, Assassinations, Murders
Institutional changes
Land demarcation
Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
Migration/displacement
Negotiated alternative solution
Repression
Under negotiation
Violent targeting of activists
Fostering a culture of peace
Application of existing regulations
Project temporarily suspended
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:La mina sigue operando y tiene un plan de expansión, siguiendo provocando multiples afectaciones en un clima de violencia extrema.
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Ojo de Tigre Comunicación Comunitaria: A Cielo Abierto
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Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña, Tlachinollan : “Nos Está Afectando la Mina”
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[1] Daños a la salud vinculados con la extracción de minerales a cielo abierto.

Caso: Goldcorp-Carrizalillo, Estado de Guerrero, México
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[4] Guerrero y la maldición del oro: tres pueblos se juegan la vida ante tres mineras canadienses:
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[6] Goldcorp vende su mina Los Filos:
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[2] Goldcorp y la reciprocidad negativa en el paisaje minero de Mezcala, Guerrero:
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[5] Informes anuales Cámara Minera de México (CAMIMEX):
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[7] Leagold Mining website : Los Filos Mining Complex
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[3] Goldcorp me enferma, la sociedad es harta de tanta simulación:
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Leagold Mining. Technical Report for Los Filos Gold MineGuerrero State, Mexico.
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[8] Leagold Mining. Technical Report for Los Filos Gold MineGuerrero State, Mexico.
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Facebook REMA Red Mexicana de Afectados por la Minería
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En 2019, en un lugar vecino a Carrizalillo y basándose en la experiencia dolorosa de Carrizalillo, voceros indígenas se oponían a la minería de oro y otros metales en su territorio. La Jornada (Sergio Ocampo) reportaba el 22 de febrero 2019 que indígenas nahuas del poblado de San Agustín Oapan ratificaron su oposición a la minera canadiense Goldcorp, la cual pretende explotar 14 mil hectáreas de unas 30 comunidades en cuatro demarcaciones de la zona norte de Guerrero.
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Carrizalillo, Informe del Tribunal Internacional de la Salud, con participación de Gustavo Lozano, Dr Juan Almendares y otros. En el volcán, n. 21, 2013, www.enelvolcan.com
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En 2019, en un lugar vecino a Carrizalillo y basándose en la experiencia dolorosa de Carrizalillo, voceros indígenas se oponían a la minería de oro y otros metales en su territorio.

La Jornada (Sergio Ocampo) reportaba el 22 de febrero 2019 que indígenas nahuas del poblado de San Agustín Oapan ratificaron su oposición a la minera canadiense Goldcorp, la cual pretende explotar 14 mil hectáreas de unas 30 comunidades en cuatro demarcaciones de la zona norte de Guerrero.
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Carrizalillo, Informe del Tribunal Internacional de la Salud, con participación de Gustavo Lozano, Dr Juan Almendares y otros, En el volcán, n. 21, 2013, www.enelvolcan.com
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Last update20/10/2019
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