Last update:
2014-04-08

Petaquilla, Panama

Description:

PETAQUILLA MINERALS LTD, existen dos minas, una de oro (Morejon) y un prioyecto de mina de cobre (Donoso). Petaquilla tienen base en Vancouver, Canada, desarrolla los proyectos de oro de Morejon (Petaquilla Gold, S.A.) ademas del Proyecto de cobre de Petaquilla (Petaquilla Copper Ltd) ubicados en la provincia de Colon. Justo en la selva del cerro Petaquilla, la compañia pretende abrir una de las mayores minas de cobre del mundo a cielo abierto, en el limite entre Colon y Coclé. La empresa realiza una tala de aproximadamente dos hectareas de bosque en el distrito de Donoso, en la provincia de Colon, situacion que llama la atencion de residentes y autoridades del area.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Petaquilla, Panama
Country:Panama
State or province:Colon
Location of conflict:Morejon
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 processing
Water access rights and entitlements
Tailings from mines
Specific commodities:Copper
Silver
Gold
Gold
Project Details and Actors
Project details

concesion otorga derechos mineros sobre todos los minerales (metalicos o no metalicos) asi como para producir y comercializar energia electrica.

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Project area:13600
Level of Investment:6000000000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:24 comunidades campesinas
Start of the conflict:2005
Company names or state enterprises:Iberian Resources Corp from Canada
Petaquilla Minerals Ltd from Panama
Inmet Mining Corporation from Canada
Minera Panama SA from Panama
Korea Panama Mining (KPM)
Teck Resources Limited (Teck) from Canada
Relevant government actors:Gobierno Nacional de Panama, Defensoria del Pueblo, Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Comite Pro-cierre Petaquilla, Colectivo Panama Profundo, Etnia Rey Quibian, Radio Temblor
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Women
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Development of a network/collective action
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Potential: Air pollution, Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, 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, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..), Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Specific impacts on women
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Criminalization of activists
Repression
Violent targeting of activists
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:El proyecto se encuentra en plena operacion aun cuando las concesiones mineras se localizan en territorios indigenas que se oponen a las mismas, a tanto la de oro (Morejon) ya existente, como a la de cobre (Donoso) por iniciarse en 2016
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de America Latina OCMAL
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

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Contributor:Patricio Chávez
Last update08/04/2014
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