En el Camino de Santiago: resistencia a un nuevo proyecto minero de cobre

El Camino de Santiago: resistance to new copper mining near UNESCO World Heritage walking route

La Plataforma Contra a Mina de Touro O Pino, es parte de la red ContraMINAcción, de Galicia, miembro de YLNM. Como parte de su resistencia, se dirigen a los peregrinos que transitan por el famoso Camino de Santiago para llamar su atención acerca de un nuevo proyecto minero que dicen destruirá y contaminará el área de las comunidades de Touro y O Pino y aledañas. A tan sólo 15 minutos del célebre camino Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO

Testimionio desde la Plataforma Contra a Mina de Touro O Pino: “el lado oscuro de la minería de cobre vuelve a Touro y O Pino después de más de 30 años viviendo con la polución heredada de la mina anterior. 

Esta es la información que está distribuyendo la Plataforma

Razones para decir NO A LA MINA en Touro y O Pino

● Los vecinos de los municipios coruñeses de Touro y O Pino no queremos otra mina de cobre a cielo abierto. 30 años después del abandono de la explotación anterior todavía estamos sufriendo los efectos: contaminación por metales pesados y drenaje ácido de la mina en nuestros ríos.

● La mina ocupará casi 700 hectáreas, con planes futuros de expandirse a 1827 hectáreas. Destruirá casi 500 hectáreas de tierras agrícolas y forestales. Se excavarán seis cortas además de las cuatro ya existentes, lo que pondrá fin a la agricultura y la silvicultura locales. La vegetación y la biodiversidad de nuestro entorno también se perderán para siempre.

● Los peregrinos del Camino de Santiago, al pasar por Pedrouzo, también se verán afectados: caminarán y dormirán a solo 1 km de distancia de la mina a cielo abierto. ● La mina operará las 24 horas del día durante 15 años, con voladuras de roca a diario, en las que se usarán entre 9 y 16 toneladas de explosivos en cada una y se generarán movimientos sísmicos en el terreno. Además, para separar el cobre de la roca se emplearán compuestos químicos peligrosos, alguno de ellos sospechoso de causar cáncer. Los residentes locales y los peregrinos sufriremos las consecuencias sonoras y la contaminación del aire por el polvo en suspensión.

● Dos balsas de lodos tóxicos y cuatro escombreras de residuos mineros ocuparán casi 300 hectáreas (300 veces el tamaño del estadio Santiago Bernabeu) y se ubicarán muy cerca de las áreas residenciales. ● Una enorme balsa de lodos, rodeada por un muro de contención perimetral que alcanza los 55 metros de altura y casi 3 kilómetros de longitud, con capacidad para almacenar 50 millones de metros cúbicos de estériles de mina, se ubicará a solo 200 metros de distancia de zonas habitadas, por lo que si el muro se rompe la vida de las personas que residen aguas abajo correrá serio peligro. El pueblo de Arinteiro estará condenado a desaparecer al quedar rodeado de depósitos de estériles y escombreras, volviéndose imposible la vida allí.

● El consumo de agua aumentará considerablemente. La mina necesitará 2.25 hectómetros cúbicos por año, seis veces más de lo que los dos municipios afectados consumen juntos durante el mismo período de tiempo. Dos ríos, Pucheiras y Burgo, deberán ser desviados.

● La mitad del área minera se usará para almacenar desechos de minería y vertederos con altas concentraciones de metales pesados. Esto contaminará aún más la cuenca del río Ulla y las aguas subterráneas. El río Ulla desemboca en la ría de Arousa, el estuario más productivo de Galicia, donde más de 30.000 familias viven de la industria pesquera y acuícola. La mina representará un riesgo para este sector durante los próximos años.

● 13 municipios, con una población total de 150000 habitantes, consumen agua del río Ulla, por lo que potencialmente beberán agua contaminada.

● Se perderán puestos de trabajo estables en la agricultura, la industria láctea, el turismo,… La perspectiva de la creación de empleo por solo 15 años por parte de la compañía minera no justifica la devastación a largo plazo que la mina a cielo abierto supondrá para la zona afectada.

● De ser aprobado el proyecto por parte de la Xunta de Galicia, muchos vecinos nos veremos obligados a abandonar nuestros hogares y empleos por temor a las nefastas consecuencias que supondría para nuestra salud.

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Plataforma Contra a Mina de Touro O Pino, part of YLNM member network ContraMINAcción, Galicia, is reaching out to pilgrims walking the famous El Camino de Santiago to raise awareness about a new mining project they say will destroy and contaminate the area of Touro and O Pino, just 15 minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage walking route.

Words from Plataforma Contra a Mina de Touro O Pino. 17/05/2018

The dark shadow of copper mining has come back to Touro and O Pino after more than 30 years living with the pollution inherited from the previous mine.

(Mass protests have met plans to re-open an open-pit copper mine near O Pino and Touro. Photo: Plataforma Contra a Mina de Touro O Pino)

We are a local neighbourhood association from O Pino and Touro, two councils located only 15 km away from Santiago de Compostela and part of the French, Primitive and Dutch routes of El Camino de Santiago (The way of Saint James).

We learnt recently that there will be an attempt to reopen a copper mine in this area. The original mine was closed in the 80s by the mining company Rio Tinto. Now, Cobre San Rafael, together with the multinational Atalaya Mining, wants to operate the open pit copper mine in our two municipalities.

The mine will occupy 689 hectares, with the clear intention of expanding to a total area of 122.7 km² . This open-pit mine will be very close to the boundaries of El Camino de Santiago declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

This project will have a very negative impact on the environment, residents’ health, local economy and employment, biodiversity and the Pilgrimage’s experience. The local economy of this green area in the last stages of the Camino relies on cattle farming, agriculture, tourism and the service industry. Opening the mine will jeopardize the quality of the local produce and consequently destroy jobs.

Pilgrims doing the French and Primitive Camino through the Pedrouzo area will also suffer the terrible consequences that the open-pit mine will bring. This includes: breathing polluted air caused by suspended dust particles from rock blasting and noise pollution created by the constant lorry and heavy-duty machinery traffic. Also the noise produced by mining work 24 hours a day will make staying at the local hostels (albergues) a much less enjoyable experience. The Dutch route of the Camino going through the village of Loxo (awaiting official recognition) would be in a similar situation.

We want to raise awareness about this issue and generate as much support as possible for our cause. Our goal is to prevent the mine from opening while protecting our environment and cultural heritage.

We urge you to support us by following and sharing our social media networks where you will also find more information about the project and its consequences.

Thank you for reading!

Contact:

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Email via minatouroopinonon@gmail.com /

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