Last update:
2016-11-12

Proyecto Lagunas Norte, Barrick Gold, Peru

Lagunas Norte is a gold mine owned by Barrick in Quiruvilca district, La Libertad. The mine’s activities generated high levels of violence since it opened in 2005. The mining operation is being expanded.


Description:

En 2013, el 20 de febrero la Central Única de Rondas Campesinas de La Libertad, la Asociación Yawar Wayna y el Frente Amplio de Defensa de los Intereses de La Libertad iniciaron un paro indefinido para protestar por el incumplimiento de acuerdos y la extensión del proyecto a las cabecera de cuencas de Shuyugual, Caballo Moro y El Perejil.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Proyecto Lagunas Norte, Barrick Gold, Peru
Country:Peru
State or province:Región La Libertad
Location of conflict:provincias de Santiago de Chuco y Sanchez Carrión
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Mineral ore exploration
Mineral processing
Specific commodities:Gold
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Lagunas Norte, con EIA aprobado, también de la unidad minera Alto Chicama, Mina de oro a tajo abierto, situada entre 3700 y 4200 metros de altitud, método de lixiviación, chancado, procesado en CIC y fundido en barras, todo en el lugar; en poceso de ampliación a segunda etapa. 8,8 millones de onzas de oro de reservas

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Project area:500
Level of Investment:640 000 000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:15000
Start of the conflict:01/06/2011
Company names or state enterprises:Barrick Misquichilca from Peru
Barrick Gold Corporation from Canada
Relevant government actors:Municipalidad Provincial de Santiago de Chuco
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Rondas Campesinas
Frente Amplio de Defensa de los intereses de La Libertad
Asociación de defensa Yawar Wayna
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Land occupation
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Objections to the EIA
Street protest/marches
Strikes
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, 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
Potential: Food insecurity (crop damage)
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Malnutrition, Deaths
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Land dispossession
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Deaths, Assassinations, Murders
Court decision (undecided)
Repression
Violent targeting of activists
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Development of alternatives:Las Rondas campesinas deben insisitir en la defensa de sus territorios, biodiversidad, ambiente ecologico y desarrollo agricola sin permitir que la empresa pueda "comprarlos" con dávidas.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:El conflicto continúa y se expandirá con la ampliación de nuevos proyectos mineros. Es una de las minas de Barrick más rentables.
Sources and Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Barrick Gold sobre las modificaciones al EIA de Lagunas Norte
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Defensoría del Pueblo sobre conflictos en La Libertad
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Background: interviews in Conga and Lagunas Norte, "Mining, development and corporate–community conflicts in Peru" by Fiorella Triscritti, Community Dev J (2013) 48 (3): 437-450. doi: 10.1093/cdj/bst024
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Pagina web de la empresa
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[1] Semana Económica. Barrick planea ampliar la vida útil de mina Lagunas Norte en Perú por 9 años. 22 febrero 2016
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McGill Research Group Investigating Canadian Mining in Latin America (good description, many references)
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Policias fallecen en las aguas heladas de la Laguna San Lorenzo, La República
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El Popular, sobre el conflicto entre comuneros y policías
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Servindi sobre el inicio del conflicto
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Sobre Barrick
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Other documents

Ronderos y Policías en Laguna San Lorenzo Diario El Popular de la región La Libertad
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Other comments:Vale la pena leer la presentación de la modificación a su EIA de Barrick, con dibujos para niños....
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Contributor:Raquel Neyra
Last update12/11/2016
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