The Mexican Government has been working on the construction of a mega structure generating wind power in the State of Oaxaca since 1994. Indigenous peasants resident in the area claim that the 3,000 concrete pillars envisaged by the project have caused forced displacement of numerous families, have destroyed the ecosystem in one of the most important areas for migratory birds and will contaminate the surrounding water.
The projects Piedra Larga I and II, owned by DEMEX, are being denounced by Union Hidalgo since they were deployed without the consultation of the native people living in the area and without prior studies on the environmental and urban impacts. They are situated very close to the inhabited areas, having disastrous consequences on the agricultural production of the communities.
On September 5th 2014 a march was organized in Juchitán to which smaller towns of the Tehuantepec isthmus joined as well, defending the land against the multinationals’ appropriation. A year later, in September 2015 the indigenous community Zapoteca reported irregularities and human rights violations in the consultation process which asserts communities’ agreement for new wind-power plants in Juchitán and El Espinal, which is endorsed by the Energy Secretary SENER, by the Oaxaca State and by the local government of Juchitán.