Mind boggling... no testing wells and now a bigger tailings pond
BY MILTON MARTÍNEZ, MAY 9, 2019
TAHUICHOPA, Son. (apro) - The mining company Grupo México minimized the public consultation of residents of Bacanuchi, in the municipality of Arizpe, Sonora, to continue with the project of the new tailings dam that is already in operation.
Last September, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) ordered the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) to organize a public consultation to hear the opinion on the storage of millions of cubic meters of toxic mining waste. Less than 30 kilometers from a population that was already contaminated with leachate spillage of acidic copper sulphate on August 6, 2014.
However, the notification to complete that court order was given in the timid terms that "the complainants may express their possible suggestions" during the meeting to be held on May 14, where the population would be informed about "the authorization of the preventive report of the Nueva Presa de Jales project, belonging to the company Buenavista del Cobre ".
The 42 whistleblowers, who managed to get an appeal for protection by the SCJN and the SCJN that the operation of the new tailings dam be put to the residents' discussion, warn that this meeting is only a simulation of a consultation and, This reason, they presented this Thursday a promotion to the Ninth District Court in Agua Prieta, Sonora, to denounce the "illegality" of the call launched by the Sonoran delegation of Semarnat.