The leader of the Popular Front of Struggle said that they have devastated the productive activity of the region.
Catastrophe and destruction is what has caused the operation of the Peñasquito Mine in Zacatecas; The Popular Front of Lucha Zacatecas has considered it an ecocide since the Canadian company Goldcorp has exhausted the region’s water reserves and polluted the liquid with heavy metals such as selenium, mercury, lead, and arsenic, for which they demand a high to mining.
In an interview with El Sol de México, Felipe Pinedo Hernandez, leader of this Front, indicated that the mining company has devastated everything that is around it and that it has not fulfilled its commitments and demanded the intervention of the federal government.
The El Peñasquito silver mine is the fifth largest in the world and the second in Mexico is owned by the Canadian company Goldcorp and is located in the municipality of Mazapil, Zacatecas.
Felipe Pinedo said that since 2012 gold miners Goldcorp and Newmont Mining, the world’s leading gold producers, have exhausted drinking water in the aquifers, as well as in springs throughout the area.
“We have an opinion from the National Water Commission, which holds this mining company mainly responsible for resolving it as compensation or for some mechanism that guarantees the supply of water and the effect it is doing as a result of contamination,” he explained.
The social leader made it clear that despite the fact that the company generates 6,500 jobs, it is also true that it affects more than 30,000 inhabitants of the region, “for which we have been insisting that it be regulated, through an environmental audit , their extraction methods. “
“For us it is important that this be resolved, because there are seven years in which there is no potable water, although it is true that they distribute with pipes, because that water is contaminated because it is from deep wells and consequently it is not unknown that the deeper you have heavy metals. “
“They pull 130 thousand tons of mineral daily and have devastated the productive activity of the region since it was the self-consumption agriculture of corn and beans, now it is no longer possible to grow because there is no water.”
The Front stressed that they have sought a dialogue table and that there have been meetings with the presence of the Undersecretary of the Interior, Zoé Robledo and the directors of the mining and ejido Cedros.
Source: el sol de mexico
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