Peru: Local communities ask Govt. to resume dialogue on the MMG Las Bambas mine & lift state of emergency
Author: Peru Support Group, Published on: 21 January 2018
“Las Bambas communities enunciate demands” - 22 January, 2018
Following hard on the heels of the general declaration of a state of emergency throughout the mining corridor on 11 January a delegation from the district of Challhuahuacho, in Cotabambas (Apurímac), arrived in Lima. The huge MMG copper mine Las Bambas [part of China Minmetals] is located in this district…The delegation brought with them three requests: …  The restoration of the dialogue table (mesa de diálogo), suspended in 2016…  Rejection of the company's proposal to modify for the fourth time the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) through what is known as an 'Informe Técnico Sustentatorio' ( ITS). The use of ITSs to modify EIAs was introduced in 2013, involving a simplified process but subject to various criteria. ITSs have repeatedly been used without any previous consultation with the affected communities. The company’s modification of the EIA without consultation was the precipitating cause of conflict at Las Bambas in 2016… The lifting of the state of emergency. This dates from last August and has been repeatedly extended...