España: una gran mina a cielo abierto

Spanish anti-mining platforms united against mining and speculation

Plataformas anti-minería de diferentes partes de España se unen contra la especulación en el Día Mundial contra  la Megaminería

  • 13 Movimientos Sociales en 5 comunidades autónomas se están coordinando y reivindican el NO A LA EXTRACCIÓN ESPECULATIVA y CONTAMINANTE en el Día Internacional Contra la Minería a Cielo Abierto.
  • Estas plataformas alarman el 22 de julio contra la proliferación promovida desde la Unión Europea de estas empresas extractoras/especuladoras en el Mundo Rural de toda España.

 

  • Santiago de Compostela contra la minería el 10 junio de 2018

En este 22 de julio, Día Mundial Contra la Minería a Cielo Abierto, las plataformas vecinales Plataforma vecinal mina Touro y O Pino Non, Plataforma Vida e Ría ou minaría de Lousame, las plataformas de la Red Contraminacción de Galicia, la Coordinadora No a la Mina de Uranio de Salamanca, Plataforma no en mi Tierra de Zamora, la Plataformas No a la Mina en la Sierra de Yemas, No a la Mina en el Valle del Corneja, Plataforma No a la Mina en la Sierra de Ávila, la Plataforma Salvemos la Montaña de Cáceres, la plataforma de La Raya Sin Minas de Valencia de Alcántara, Plataforma Tamuja de Plasenzuela también de Cáceres, Plataforma Oro No de Tapia de Casariego en Asturias, y la Plataforma de Afectados por Metales Pesados de El Llano del Beal en Cartagena, queremos denunciar el grave peligro que sufre nuestro país ante los más de 2.000 expedientes mineros solicitados, que pretenden, de norte a sur y de este a oeste, dejar a su paso una España desolada, agujereada, yerma, contaminada, inhabitable.

Somos muchos los que llevamos un tiempo luchando en contra de la especulación de unas multinacionales mineras, que han decidido, amparadas por la Ley de Minas de 1973, recuperar antiguas explotaciones abandonadas o iniciar nuevos mega-proyectos. Auténticos lobos con piel de cordero, en muchos casos amparados bajo el paraguas de unas administraciones, que no velan por el interés de sus ciudadanos.

Hoy Galicia, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Asturias y Murcia gritamos unidos en contra del oscurantismo con el que se mueven. Pedimos un cambio de Ley de Minas, anquilosada en el tiempo, que expropia al propietario un terreno que es suyo. Levantamos la voz para rebatir las mentiras que intentan hacer creer a la población.

No, ustedes no buscan el beneficio del lugar donde se asientan.

Prometen una minería limpia, respetuosa con el medio ambiente, que contribuiría a la biodiversidad de la zona de explotación… Difícil de creer cuando no cuentan con la licencia urbanística correspondiente en Salamanca, y ya han talado 40 hectáreas de encinas centenarias. En Cáceres pretenden “tragarse” literalmente la montaña que rodea la ciudad, y que está a tan solo 2 km del casco antiguo de la misma. Y en la zona de Valencia de Alcántara los proyectos arrasarían varios pueblos, contaminando los acuíferos e impidiendo las actividades económicas actuales: agricultura y ganadería.

Stop Uranio en Salamanca

¿Hay mejor manera de demostrar su torpeza ante su pobre defensa medioambiental, que los vertederos de residuos estériles de minería, generadores de drenaje ácido y las balsas de lodos tóxicos a menos de 200 metros de zonas habitadas, y con una gran actividad económica como en Galicia? ¿O una planta de concentrados de uranio y un depósito de residuos radioactivos, que afectaría a Portugal por aire y agua contaminando el Río Duero? Sus promesas de restauración brillan por su falta de concreción.

El patrimonio también se ve amenazado en lugares emblemáticos como el Camino de Santiago o pueblos abulenses declarados patrimonio histórico artístico.

Y todo ello sin olvidar las falacias que transmiten sobre generación de empleo ¿Por qué no hablan de los puestos que van a destruir en sectores como el agro-ganadero, turismo rural, turismo relacionado con la salud, agroalimentario, forestal…? ¿Cuántos puestos reales darían a una población local que no está especializada en la minería? Un número escaso, siendo muy optimistas, y temporales. ¿Y de las repercusiones en la salud pública, fatales para la población?

Sus grandes campañas de marketing patrocinando equipos de fútbol, pagando páginas enteras en medios de comunicación y todo aquello susceptible de venderse, no nos impresiona. Sabemos que son buenos provocando conflictos sociales, dividiendo a las familias en las poblaciones en las que se asientan, partiendo a la sociedad, pero estamos dispuestos a plantarles cara porque tenemos el ejemplo de otras plataformas que lo hicieron y les ganaron. “Tierras raras”, “No a la mina en la Sierra de Ávila”, “Corcoesto” y “Plataforma Oro No” son un buen ejemplo de ello.

Queremos recordar que la minería a cielo abierto no es solo una manera económica de extraer mineral para las empresas extractivas, sino también una forma muy barata de contaminar aire y agua, destrozar paisajes, despoblar zonas rurales. Y una vez terminada la extracción, solo queda un paraje desolado, ya que es escaso el número de proyectos restaurados, como se ve en El Llano del Beal de Cartagena, y han tenido 20 años para ello.

Nos gustaría no tener que volver a conmemorar este día, porque el uso y la extracción de metales y minerales para la industria y el consumo ya no se hicieran por encima de la naturaleza, ni ignorando los derechos e integridad de las personas.

Forman parte desta iniciativa:
Coordinación de La Raya sin Minas, Valencia de Alcántara, CÁCERES
Plataforma No a la mina en la Sierra de ÁVILA
Plataforma No a la mina en la Sierra de Yemas, ÁVILA
Plataforma No a la mina en el Valle del Corneja, ÁVILA
Coordinadora No a la Mina de Uranio de SALAMANCA
Plataforma Salvemos La Montaña de CÁCERES
 Plataforma No en mi Tierra de ZAMORA
 Plataforma Tamuja de Plasenzuela, CÁCERES
 Plataforma Vecinal Mina Touro o Pino Non de GALICIA
 Plataforma Vida e Ría ou Minaria de Lousame
 Red ContraMINAaccion de Galicia
 Movimiento de Afectados por los metales pesados de Cartagena, MURCIA
 Plataforma Oro No de Tapia de Casariego ASTURIAS

Spain: a large open-pit mine?

  • 13 Social Movements in 5 autonomous communities are coordinating and claiming NO to SPECULATIVE and POLLUTANT EXTRACTION on the International Day against Open-Pit Mining.

  • These platforms are warning against the proliferation of these extractive/speculative companies in Spain’s rural areas promoted by the European Union on July 22nd.

Today July 22nd, World Day Against Open Pit Mining, the platform Anti-mine Touro and O Pino, the platform Vida e Ría ou minaría de Lousame, the platform Contraminacción Network Galicia, the Coordination No to the Uranium Mine of Salamanca, the platform Not in my Land of Zamora, the platform No to the Mine in the Sierra de Yemas, the platform No to the Mine in the Valle de Corneja, the platform No to the Mine in the Sierra de Ávila, the platform Salvemos la Montaña de Cáceres, the platform of La Raya Sin Minas in Valencia de Alcántara, the Tamuja platform in Plasenzuela also in Cáceres, the platform Oro No of Tapia de Casariego in Asturias, and the Platform for People Affected by Metals Heavy of El Llano del Beal in Cartagena want to inform against the biggest threat that our country is suffering due to the more than 2000 requested mining projects which will leave behind a desolate, perforated, barren, polluted and inhabitable Spain.

Many of us have been fighting for some time against the speculation of mining multinationals, which have decided, supported by the Mining Law of 1973, to reopen the old abandoned mines or start new mega-projects. We are talking about authentic wolves with lambskin, protected under the umbrella of some administrations, which do not watch over the interest of their citizens.

Today Galicia, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Asturias and Murcia shout together against the obscurantism in which they move. We ask for a change in the Law of Mines, stagnant in time, which expropriates the owner’s land. We raise our voice to refute the lies that they are trying to make believe to the population.

It is a lie that they seek the benefits of the places when they settle.

They promise clean mining, respectful with the environment, that would contribute to the biodiversity of the exploitation area… it is hard to believe when without having the necessary urban licences in Salamanca they have already cleared 40 hectares of centenary oaks. In Cáceres they pretend to literally “swallow” the mountain that surrounds the city, and which is only 2 km away from the old town. And in the area of ​​Valencia de Alcántara the projects would devastate several towns, polluting aquifers and preventing current economic activities: agriculture and cattle farming.

Is there better way to demonstrate its clumsiness in the face of its poor environmental defense, than the existence of dumps of sterile mining waste, generators of acid mine drainage and toxic sludge ponds within 200 meters of inhabited areas, and with great economic activity as in Galicia? Or a uranium concentrate plant and a deposit of radioactive waste, which would affect Portugal by air and water polluting the Douro River? their promises of restoration shine for lack of concreteness.

The cultural heritage is also threatened in emblematic places such as the Camino de Santiago or towns in Ávila declared as of historical artistic heritage.

And all of this without forgetting the lies about job creation. Why do not they talk about the jobs that are going to be destroyed in sectors such as agriculture, cattle farming, rural tourism, tourism related to health, food, forestry…? How many real jobs would you give to a local population that is not specialized in mining? Being very optimistic, a scarce number, and temporary. And what about of the repercussions on public health, which is fatal for the population?

His large marketing campaigns sponsoring football teams, paying entire pages in the media and everything that can be sold does not impress us. We know that they are good at creating social conflicts, dividing families in the populations in which they settle, breaking up society,

but we are willing to confront them because we have the example of other platforms that did the same and won. “Rare Earth”, “No to the mine in the Sierra de Ávila”, “Corcoesto” and “Plataforma Oro No” are a good example of this.

We want to remember that open pit mining is not only an economical way to extract ore for extractive companies, but also a very cheap way to pollute air and water, destroy landscapes, depopulate rural areas. And once the extraction is finished, only a desolate landscape remains, since the number of restored projects is scarce, as seen in El Llano del Beal in Cartagena, and they have had 20 years to do so.

We would like not to have to commemorate this day again, because the use and extraction of metals and minerals for industry and consumption were no longer done over nature, or ignoring the rights and integrity of people.

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