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Unsurprisingly, the encyclical also received backlash from the private sector, which questioned the legitimacy of a pope to opine on what they see as a scientific, technical, and most importantly, economic issue. Several chose not to. How might we contextualize this generally dismissive attitude by pro-business figures in Peru? In Peru, certain members of the Catholic Church play prominent roles in environmental politics, both to invert the moral assessment that normalizes the human and nonhuman harm of large-scale resource extraction and also to legitimate alternative scientific projects that undermine biopolitical logics, upon which the extractive industry relies. Anti-extractivist projects are thus biopolitical ones.

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A large group of civil society representatives has called for a state of emergency to be declared around Doe Run's lead smelter in Peru. They claim that sulphur diocide and heavy metals emissions continue at unacceptably high levels, despite the US company's pledge to conform to basic safeguards. Communities in Chile's Huasco Valley - site of the Pascua Lama project - have urged the government to file formal charges of environmental damage against Canada's Barrick Gold.

They say that three glaciers have already been severely damaged by the company's exploration activities. The world's fifth biggest mining company, UK-Swiss registered Xstrata, is leading the way in a spate of new proposals to dam pristine rivers in Chilean Patagonia. Mercury contamination has been identified in Mexico, six years after its mining was officially halted. Some families continue to mine the deadly metal on a smallscale, while there are reportedly current proposals to re-open some of the abandoned pits.

The minister of Energy and Mining, Juan Valdiva, was invited to the meeting, but he excused himself from participating because he was outside Lima inaugurating electrical works. The director of the project "Mantaro Revive," Paula Meza, reported that the amount of sulphur dioxide in the river is still rising. At the same time she emphasized that rising levels of sulphur dioxide in the environment have caused a rise in acute respiratory infections in human population. She stated tool that persons older than 18 years in La Oroya are accumulating cancer-causing cadmium in their bodies because of contaminated gases generated in La Oroya.

They asked for the declaration of Environmental Emergency so that the Peruvian state would be committed to enforcing compliance with current laws to safeguard the population of La Oroya. We denounce the noncompliance on the part of the company Volcan SA with regards to their economic and social commitments, and for the impacts generated and which they continue to generate against the ecosystem and the public health of Pasco, leaving irrecoverable environmental and social legacies without reasonable compensation to the affected communities.

We reiterate the necessity of a popular consultation to approve the carrying out or expansion of any mining project, democratically letting the affected populations to take the decision of development which they desire. News of this decision was printed on December 19, in the final days of term of the municipal government in the province of Pasco by a regional newspaper which has been bought out entirely, to prevent the population of Cerro de Pasco knowing fully of its content.

We criticizs the so-called "Plan L" the expansion of the open-pit , the disappearance of some 12 hectares of urban land, including almost all of the neighborhood of Rockovich, the historic plaza of Chaupimarca or "Center of the City," the Comissary PNP, a church, the Jr. Libertad, and the El Baratillo marketplace. We demand that our new mayor, Mr. Tito Valle, publicly repeal this treason against the people of Pasco, and that he makes as the first priority that the mining company Volcan complies with its economic and social undertakings, and then negotiates the compensation and benefits that any future expansion of the mining pit should bring to the city.

Community organizations and councilpersons of the community of Alto del Carmen in the Huasco Valley of Chile have formally requested that the CDE, or Commission of State Defense, file charges of Environmental Damage against Minera Nevada Ltda, subsidiary of Canadian mining company Barrick Gold Corporation, for being directly responsible for the destruction of glaciers Toro 1, Toro 2 and Esperanza in the zone of the mining project Pascua Lama. The actions that have destroyed these ecosystems took place during the exploratory stages of the mining project carried out in the zone and intensified beginning in the years previous to , and have continued to this date.

According to local knowlege of the territory and records which are in the posession of the community, the existence of the environmental damage is confirmed and the mining company is directly implicated as responsible for the damages caused against Chilean national natural heritage. Records filed with the CDE absolutely rule out the company's argument that the shrinkage of the glaciers is due to "global warming".

It should be noted that although the records presented have been presented in the past to the government, this information was not taken into account when environmental impact permission was granted to the company for the operations of the Pascua Lama project.

By Benjamin Witte benwitte santiagotimes. January 5, Swiss mining company Xstrata, one of several large conglomerates eyeing Region XI as a potentially valuable source of hydroelectric power, nosed ahead of its competitors this week in what has been an ongoing race to dam the area's pristine rivers. Though the Swiss company would eventually like to build several power generators in the region, the EIS it submitted this week focuses specifically on plans to erect a dam along the Cuervo River.

Xstrata, nevertheless, is hoping to begin construction in and have the dam completed by Once in operation the Swiss mining company promises to produce some MW of power from the Cuervo River generator. The question remains, however, of what exactly Xstrata would do with all that power. Chile's electricity needs grow annually by approximately 6 percent. That electricity, though, is consumed primarily in the central part of the country, far north of the southern mountain rivers Xstrata and other interested companies are hoping to exploit.

The Spanish-Chilean partner companies have, however, gone ahead and contracted the Canadian firm Transelec to conduct feasibility studies for the eventual construction of 2, kilometers worth of power lines. Biehl was adamant this week in denying the rumor. It's not for sale," he said.

It's easier to sit down and negotiate something with an approved EIS than it is to negotiate just the idea of a project," he told the daily La Tercera. All of this wheeling and dealing is of little concern to environmentalists, who are focusing instead on simply stopping Region XI dam construction all together.

Together, they say, the proposed dams pose a major threat to the region, inarguably one of the world's most pristine wilderness areas. The issue recently received substantial international attention from the U.

Its scheme would lay waste to this thriving region, flooding thousands of acres of irreplaceable wildlife habitat," said NRDC. The plan, the environmental group's Web site goes on to explain, also calls for the clear-cutting a 1, km swath of forest, space that would then be used to build the world's largest transmission line.

Five national parks would be affected by the massive clear-cutting, which would be done by a Canadian company called Brookfield Consortium. Finishing the first part of the investigation over the environmental impact of mercury by mining activities in the mountains, the results showed the existance of mercury contamination, as well as a relation between the level of pollution and illnesses in the area. This project was initiated in early in the archeological zones of Toluquilla and Ranas, where bone remains of archeologic origen are being analyzed.

The investigators have initiated the second phase of the project, which consists of analyses of waters and living persons, to determine the presence of mercury and its consequences. Mercury mining has been a constant activity in the Sierra Gorda for over two thousand years, and has had an accumulative effect in the environment.

Although a large part of the mines were abandoned in the 's, the last mine located in Maconi closed on December 31, At least six families in the mountains continue to mine mercury in an artesanal manner, and there are projects in existence intending to reopen some of the mines. Libertad, y el Mercado El Baratillo. Demandamos que el nuevo alcalde, el Sr. Search for. Donate Contact Us. Jamaica bauxite battle continrues Published by MAC on Latin American Update 19th January A large group of civil society representatives has called for a state of emergency to be declared around Doe Run's lead smelter in Peru.

For such: We denounce the noncompliance on the part of the company Volcan SA with regards to their economic and social commitments, and for the impacts generated and which they continue to generate against the ecosystem and the public health of Pasco, leaving irrecoverable environmental and social legacies without reasonable compensation to the affected communities.

The works were carried out by specialists of the National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM , the National Politechnical Institute IPN , the National Geological Institute of Hungary and the National Institute of History and Anthropology INAH Finishing the first part of the investigation over the environmental impact of mercury by mining activities in the mountains, the results showed the existance of mercury contamination, as well as a relation between the level of pollution and illnesses in the area.

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LIMA, Oct 9 IPS - Social organisations in Peru have joined forces to save the Mantaro river, which is being killed by pesticides, untreated sewage, and the waste products dumped by the mining industry. The river, which runs through the Andes mountain range in central Peru at between 3, and 4, metres above sea level, is one of the main sources of irrigation water and electric power in the region. But its waters contain heavy metals like copper, iron, lead and zinc, according to studies by governmental and non-governmental bodies, which warn that the river is polluted by the mining industry and by the runoff of fertilisers and pesticides from the intense agricultural activity in the area. The one-and-a-half-year campaign has involved monitoring of pollution in the water, soil and air in the Mantaro river valley, with the aid of the Saint Louis University School of Public Health from the U.

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On March 2nd, , Archbishop Pedro Jimeno Barreto of Huancayo and his team, received anonymous death threats for opposing the re-opening of a US owned polymetallic smelter in the city of La Oroya. Its activities have made La Oroya one of the most polluted cities in the world. Alarming rates of lead and other metals have been found present in the blood of local residents, and many respiratory problems and other diseases have been reported. Following a church-led campaign in , Doe Run, the company that operated the smelter, was forced to close down operations, resulting in dramatic improvements in public health. Archbishop Barreto has spoken out against the proposed re-launch, arguing that operations should not be re-started without first enacting the previous ERMP.

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A large group of civil society representatives has called for a state of emergency to be declared around Doe Run's lead smelter in Peru. They claim that sulphur diocide and heavy metals emissions continue at unacceptably high levels, despite the US company's pledge to conform to basic safeguards. Communities in Chile's Huasco Valley - site of the Pascua Lama project - have urged the government to file formal charges of environmental damage against Canada's Barrick Gold. They say that three glaciers have already been severely damaged by the company's exploration activities. The world's fifth biggest mining company, UK-Swiss registered Xstrata, is leading the way in a spate of new proposals to dam pristine rivers in Chilean Patagonia. Mercury contamination has been identified in Mexico, six years after its mining was officially halted. Some families continue to mine the deadly metal on a smallscale, while there are reportedly current proposals to re-open some of the abandoned pits.

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