Mexico: Local communities criticise First Majestic Silver’s role in land conflict & request action to address overflow risk of tailings dam

Author: Servicios para una Educación Alternativa (EDUCA) (México), Published on: 11 July 2017

“Oaxaca: Tailings dam threaten the Central Valleys with heavy contamination”, 6 Jul 17

…On the June 30th authorities belonging to the Ocotlán and Ejutla districts…discussed about the constant pressure and aggression caused by the mining company Fortuna Silver Mines. On the very same day they toured around the communal areas of San Martin de los Cansecos…They verified that the mining company has invaded the communal areas…Guard booths were even installed by the company placing them around the agricultural boundaries. The company hired people from San José del Progreso as a form of intimidation…The last few days of heavy rain has caused the tailings dam to reach its maximum capacity which makes it a big threat for the surrounding communities, the water, and for the crop fields of the region. The communities are afraid that the dam will overflow due to the upcoming rain and that the authorities are not taking action to mitigate the risk…

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