Land and Territory

Mining, Megaprojects, and Metrosexuals in Sonora

Escrito por  |  15 / December / 2014
AMSAC president Joaquin Rojo de la Vega Ulloa speaking at 2011 AMSAC meeting. /Mundo Minero

NOTE: This article is the thirteenth in a series by the CIP TransBorder Project that examines the water crisis on the U.S.-Mexico  Continue Reading »

Making Mining Dreams Come True in Mexico

Escrito por  |  15 / December / 2014
Smelting gold at Mulatos mine in Sahauripa / Alamos Gold Inc.

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Mining Water in Sonora: Grupo México’s “Irregular” Water Permits in the Sonora, Yaqui, and San Pedro River Basins

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La Caridad copper mine adjacent to La Angostura dam and reservoir with aqueduct in foreground.

Sonora like its neighboring states on either side of the international border is caught in a deepening water crisis — one that is largely its own making but now made ever more grim by the onslaught of climate change with its more extreme weather, prolonged droughts, and rising temperatures.

Grupo México is a major player in this crisis because of massive consumption of water. The virtual absence until recently of public, media, and governmental scrutiny of Grupo México’s water-use and environmental practices is a testament to the company’s privileged status in Mexico and especially in Sonora.

Mexico’s Three Mining Giants

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The three richest men in Mexico – Carlos Slim Helú, Alberto Bailléres González, and Germán Larrea Mota-Velasco — are also the owners of Mexico’s top three mining corporations.

Mining Boom in the Sierra Madre

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Protest by communities affected by mining operations of Alamos Gold / El Universal

The Mexican government is making modern mining dreams come true. Nonexistent or unenforced regulations –whether regarding occupational safety, environmental degradation, water extraction, and control of hazardous wastes – make Mexico one of the world’s most profitable countries for the mining industry. Government agencies – both federal and state – that have authority over the mining industry serve as mining boosters rather than as regulators.

The Damming of the New Sonora

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Gov. Padrés at pumping station for Independencia aqueduct on Novillo reservoir / Periódico Digital

Like other states in the Transborder West, population growth and economic development and modernization are products of hydraulic manipulations. Damming, diverting, and drilling have turned the Sonoran Desert – which covers nearly 40% of the state — into a green belt for agribusiness and the state’s urban core.

Making the Desert Bloom: The Rise of Sonora’s Hydraulic Society

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The question facing Sonora and most other states on both sides of the international border across the TransBorder West is whether governments and inhabitants are willing to accept the expense and impact of sustaining their hydraulic societies. Whether the benefits of new water megaprojects outweigh the costs?