Mining & It's Impact in San Miguel de Allende
If the Canadian company, Argonaut Gold, carries out its plans for open-pit mining operations in the southern region of Dolores Hidalgo it will escalate the already-critical overexploitation and contamination of the Independencia Aquifer, which covers seven municipalities in the northeast of Guanajuato: San Felipe, Dolores Hidalgo, Doctor Mora, San Diego de la Unión, San Luis de la Paz, San José Iturbide, and San Miguel de Allende.
Open-pit mining is one of the most destructive methods of extracting raw material from nature. Argonaut Gold is planning to extract 95,000 oz equivalent of gold per year from its Cerro de Gallo project in a period of only 15 years, requiring almost 1 million cubic meters of fresh water a year, while destroying the landscape and leaving behind a toxic wasteland.
Our panel will report on the growing resistence to the mining project and its potential effects regionally as well as in San Miguel de Allende. Speakers include:
Mercedes Páramo & Rocío González from the Coalition in Defense of the Independencia Aquifer (CODECIN), and Colectivo Guardianes de la Cuenca
Paco Guajardo from Caminos de Agua, and Agua Vida SMA
José Luis Valdés, mining engineer from Guanajuato
Imelda Hernández González from the Organización Ciudadana Contra la Instalación de la Planta de Cianuno en San Luis de la Paz
San Miguel de Allende, GUA 37700