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10 Feb 2020

South America: NGOs analyse indigenous peoples’ demands on access to water in fragile salt lakes in lithium production areas; Albemarle proposes a network to monitor water scarcity in Chile

A report analysing the demands by indigenous peoples affected by a growing demand of lithium extracted at three salt lakes in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile highlights the increasing concerns about responsible use of water by companies in that South American region.  In response to concerns by German vehicles Volkswagen, US lithium company Albemarle proposed the creation of a network to monitor “water scarcity” in its Chilean operations. The complete version in Spanish can be found here. It refers to: Albemarle, FMC, Galaxy Resources Limited, Ganfeng Lithium, Lithium Americas Corp (LAC), Livent, LSC Lithium Corp., Neo Lithium Corp, Orocobre Limited, Sentient Group of Global Resource Funds, Sichuan Tianqui Lithium, Xinjiang TBEA Group, Jujuy Enería y Minería Sociedad del Estado JEMSE, Pluspetrol. Sales de Jujuy, SQM, Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos, YLB