Last update:
2014-04-08

Santa Barbara, Honduras

Description:

El departamento de Santa Barbara, esta ubicado en la frontera con Guatemala, en este departamento en la zona de las Vegas se viene explotando la Mina El Mochito desde 1948.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Santa Barbara, Honduras
Country:Honduras
State or province:Santa Barbara
Location of conflict:Santa Barbara
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
Tailings from mines
Water access rights and entitlements
Specific commodities:
Zinc
Lead
Silver
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Mina subterranea 10.000 ton de zinc en concentrados anual 4.900 ton de plomo en concentrados anual 600.000 onzas troy de plata anual

Type of populationSemi-urban
Affected Population:100000
Start of the conflict:2007
Company names or state enterprises:Breakwater
Oracle Energy Corporation from Canada
Nyrstar from Belgium
Relevant government actors:Municipio de Santa Barbara, Municipio de San Francisco, Municipio Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Secretar??a de Recursos Naturales
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Alianza Civica por la Democracia, Consejo Parroquial, Asociacion de Organismos No Gubernamentales
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Official complaint letters and petitions
Street protest/marches
Declaratoria de Santa Barbara como municipio ecologico, contra la mina El Mochito
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Mine tailing spills
Potential: Air pollution, Soil contamination, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Socio-economical ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Other socio-economic impactsEnvironmental Liabilities (Pasivos Ambientales)of El Mochito mine
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Corruption
New legislation
Repression
Strengthening of participation
Application of existing regulations
Srong pro mining state policy after the coup against President Zelaya
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:La mina El Mochito sigue en operacion pese a la declaratoria como Canton Ecologico
realizado por el cabildo ampliado en el cual participo el propio alcalde de Santa Barbara
Sources and Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

No a la mina, agosto 2007

Peri??dico electr??nico ,
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Periodico electronico , febrero de 2012
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Revista Biodiversidad en America Latina y El Caribe agosto 2007

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