Last update:
2015-04-08

Inti Raymi contamina Rio Desaguadero in Oruro, Bolivia


Description:

La transnacional Newmont, una de las mineras de oro mas importantes del mundo, cerró su proyecto La Joya ubicada a unos kilometros de la ciudad de Oruro. Mas de 15 años de funcionamiento dejaron pasivos ambientales denunciados regularmente por las comunidades que habitan las riberas del rio Desaguadero. Una de las medidas de cierre adoptadas por la empresa fue dejar que el rajo de la mina se llenara de agua sin mas medidas que la neutralizacion de la acidez mediante adición de cal.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Inti Raymi contamina Rio Desaguadero in Oruro, Bolivia
Country:Bolivia
State or province:Oruro
Location of conflict:La Joya
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:
Gold
Silver
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Kori Kollo cerró en Octubre del 2003 luego de 20 años de operacion.

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Project area:700000
Type of populationSemi-urban
Start of the conflict:2001
Company names or state enterprises:Newmont Mining Corporation from United States of America
Minera IntiRaymi (Emirsa) - filial boliviana de Newmont.
Relevant government actors:PCA Ingenieros Consultores S.A.
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Centro de Ecologia y Pueblos Andinos CEPA
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Informal workers
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Pastoralists
Social movements
Women
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Land occupation
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Strikes
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Hunger strikes and self immolation
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), 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, Mine tailing spills
Potential: Desertification/Drought, Soil erosion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Other Environmental impactsMine tailings from Kori Kollo (Newmont company) contaminate Rio Desaguadero
Health ImpactsVisible: Accidents, Occupational disease and accidents
Potential: Malnutrition, Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Militarization and increased police presence, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights
Potential: Increase in violence and crime, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Corruption
Criminalization of activists
Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Estudios de contaminacion en el agua
Development of alternatives:- Auditoria Ambiental de Kori Kollo http://lapatriaenlinea.com/?nota=38428
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Pese al cierre de la mina Kori Kollo, la empresa Newmont dejó una gran
cantidad de pasivos ambientales a los cuales no se termina de realizar
una auditoria, por esta razon, los conflictos sociales no han
disminuido.
Sources and Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

REGLAMENTO EN MATERIA DE CONTAMINACIoN HiDRICA
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Ley del codigo de mineria N 1777 (Bolivia)
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de America Latina OCMAL
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

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Contributor:Patricio Chávez
Last update08/04/2015
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