Last update:
2017-09-05

Presa de El Zapotillo, Jalisco, Mexico


Description:

Esta represa en los Altos de Jalisco inundaría el poblado de Temacapulin, con unos mil habitantes, una basílica el siglo XVIII, instalaciones de aguas termales. Temacapulín ha estado luchando durante 10 años contra este proyecto. La empresa constructora es la española FCC.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Presa de El Zapotillo, Jalisco, Mexico
Country:Mexico
State or province:Jalisco
Location of conflict:Temacapulin / Cañadas de Obregon
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Water Management
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Dams and water distribution conflicts
Water access rights and entitlements
Land acquisition conflicts
Interbasin water transfers/transboundary water conflicts
Specific commodities:Water
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Construction of a dam in Cañadas de Obregon for human supply mainly transferred to Leon (interbasin transfer) and Guadalajara cities. The project is promoted by the Comision Nacional del Agua (CONAGUA) and the Comision Estatal del Agua (CEA). The water would be transferred to Leon, Guanajuato and Guadalajara, Jalisco. The dam would create a reservoir that would flood Temacapulin, Acasico and Palmarejo).

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Project area:5000
Level of Investment:700,000,000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:3000
Start of the conflict:2005
Company names or state enterprises:Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC) from Spain
ABENGOA S.A. from Spain
HERMES
Relevant government actors:CONAGUA, CEA, SEMARNAT, Suprema Corte de Justicia Nacional, Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco, Gobierno del Estado de Gunajuato, Municipio de Cañadas de Obregon
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:MAPDER, Rios Vivos, Colectivo COA, IMDEC, TPP (Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos)
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
International ejos
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Women
Local scientists/professionals
Religious groups
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Refusal of compensation
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Potential: Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Waste overflow
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Specific impacts on women
Other socio-economic impactsFlooding by dam
Outcome
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Corruption
Court decision (undecided)
Migration/displacement
Under negotiation
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Withdrawal of company/investment
Development of alternatives:To stop the dam at a height of 60 m or even 80 m instead of 105 m.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:In 2014 it seems that despite the Supre Court decision, the am might be built to a height of 105 m.
Sources and Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Pagina web de la resistencia a la presa de El Zapotillo
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No a la Presa El Zapotillo, 2010, Repliega la Policía Estatal a los pobladores de Temacapulín en el predio Talicoyunque
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Kaos en la Red, 2014, México: Comunidades de Jalisco en riesgo de desalojo forzoso por la presa El Zapotillo
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La Jornada, 2014, Alcaldía en Jalisco pide a la SCJN verificar que presa El Zapotillo no rebase los 80 metros
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

EJOLT documentary video with interviews in Temacapulin
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Descripcion del conflicto en los primeros años
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Fotografias: No a la Presa El Zapotillo
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Other documents

Sitio de construccion
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Protestas en Temacapullin
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Entrada en la ciudad Source: http://mexico.cnn.com/nacional/2013/06/04/incierto-el-futuro-de-tres-pueblos-de-jalisco-por-construccion-de-presa
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Contributor:Heliodoro Ochoa & JMA
Last update05/09/2017
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