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Rejection of lithium extraction in the Tapias, Córdoba, Argentina

The interest of exploring lithium minerals on a large scale in the tapias unleashes a local mobilization that leads to the local ban on large-scale mining in this locality.

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In 2008, a ban on metallé mining is sanctioned in the province of Córdoba (it does not affect mining activities not linked to uranium or metals). To the present (2021) Provincial social mobilization has defended this legislation of several attempts to repeal it. In the context of provincial anti-mining struggle, high social sensitivity is generated with mining activity. The province of Córdoba has a tourist and agricultural character that movements indicate as incompatible with large-scale mining [1].

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Rejection of lithium extraction in the Tapias, Córdoba, Argentina
State or province:Cordova
Location of conflict:Municipality of the Tapias
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
Specific commodities:Lithium
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The project for the extract of lithium proposed in the walls is located in an old mine for the extraction of potassium feldspar, quartz, albite, beryllium and espodumene. This site was claimed in 1938 and passed into the hands of the General Directorate of Military Fabrications in 1946 with various producers by exploiting the mine. In the 1980s, perforations were performed. In 1985, probable reserves of 54,600 tonnes of quartz, 36,400 t of feldspar and 1000 T of Berillion were identified. In 1963, reservations of 700 tonnes of beryllium were estimated. The company was recently exploited by Andino Minerals S.A in the form of open pit quarry, while beryllium and espodumene was extracted by underground work

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Project area:34,000.
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2017
Company names or state enterprises:Pampa Litio S.A. from Australia
Dark Horses from Argentina
Relevant government actors:Ministry Secretary Deliberative Council The Tapias Municipal governments
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Environmental Forum of Traslasierra, Assembly in rejection of lithium mine, Human Rights Table of Traslasierra, Human Rights Table La Paz, Environmental Assembly La Paz-Luyaba, Environmental Assembly of Arroyo de los Ducks (Socialist left of Saint Vincent).
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Recreational users
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Noise pollution
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, 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
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Other socio-economic impacts
Potential: Loss of livelihood, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Institutional changes
New legislation
Project cancelled
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Sources & Materials

[1] Artículo titulado “Traslasierra: recital contra minería” extraído de “No a la Minería. La Montaña sigue en pie gracias a su gente”.

Publicado el 3/08/2010
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[2] Artículo titulado “El municipio de Villa Las Rosas prohibió la minería - NO A LA MINA ESQUEL” extraído de “No a la Minería. La Montaña sigue en pie gracias a su gente”. Publicado el 6/05/2007
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[3] Las Tapias prohibió la minería a gran escala por el proyecto de Litio. Conflicto escrito por La Voz y No A La Mina.Org publicado en el Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina (OCMAL).

Publicado el 22/01/2019
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[4] Artículo del perfil de la compañía Pampa Litio S.A en la plataforma de inteligencia de negocios Bnamericas.
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[5] Artículo titulado “Litio: la megaminería de Traslasierra” extraído de “La tinta. Periodismo hasta marcharse”.

Publicado el 21/11/2018
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[6] Artículo titulado “Alerta por la explotación de litio en Traslasierra” escrito y publicado por “Desafíos Urbanos. Observatorio Social de Córdoba”.

Publicado el 21/12/2018
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[7] Artículo titulado “Córdoba/Megaminería: otro paso más contra la mina de litio en Las Tapias” publicado en Red Internacional. Escrito por Loly Rivarola de Pan Y Las Rosas.

Publicado el 15/04/2019
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[8] Artículo titulado “Sigue la controversia por la exploración de litio en Traslasierra” publicado en La Voz, escrito por Miguel Ortiz.

Publicado el 23/04/2019
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[9] Litio: la megaminería en Traslasierra. Publicado en La Tinta el 21 noviembre de 2018.
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[10] Carta de Minerales, Rocas Industriales y Gemas. Programa Nacional de Cartas Geológicas y Temáticas de la República Argentina
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Facebook No a la mina de litio en las tapias
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Contributor:Developed by Mariana Walter (EJAtlas) and Deborah Cerruti
Last update27/09/2021
Conflict ID:5642
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