Last update:
2014-04-08

Valle de Elqui - Teck, Pan Pacific

Description:

En el Valle de Elqui, Región de Coquimbo a unos 370 km al norte de Santiago, en la cordillera de los Andes, cerca de la frontera con Argentina y cerca de donde nace uno de los afluentes del río Cochiguaz, la Minera Teck Cominco inició en reserva, una serie de sondajes y exploraciones.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Valle de Elqui - Teck, Pan Pacific
Country:Chile
State or province:Coquimbo
Location of conflict:Vicu�a
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:Copper

Gold
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Proyecto en exploración

Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2008
Company names or state enterprises:Pan Pacific Copper Co., Ltd. from Japan
Teck Resources Limited (Teck) from Canada
Relevant government actors:Municipalidad de Vicuña, Municipalidad de Paihuano, Fiscalía de Medio Ambiente, Dirección General de Aguas, Comisión Nacional de Medio Ambiente CONAMA, Comisión Regional de Medio Ambiente COREMA
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Junta de Vecinos de Cochiguaz, Unión Vecinal de Paihuano
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Recreational users
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Development of a network/collective action
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Mine tailing spills
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Potential: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Militarization and increased police presence, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Outcome
Project StatusProposed (exploration phase)
Conflict outcome / response:Environmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area
Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Mientras uno de los proyectos aparentaría estar detenido por parte de la empresa minera, los otros dos siguen en marcha, esperando la reacción de la
comunidad al avance de los proyectos.
Sources and Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina OCMAL

Blog Semanario Elqui

Periódico digital Clarín

Periódico digital Nación.cl

El Observatodo

Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

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Contributor:Patricio Chávez, JMA y Talia Waldron
Last update08/04/2014
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