Coordinators Of The Public Referendum Of Cerro De San Pedro/san Xavier, MexicoPublished by MAC on 2006-10-30
Source: San Luis Pososí
FAO-Frente Amplio Opositor a Minera San Xavier
Cerro de San Pedro, Estado de San Luis Potosí - México
Coordinators of the Public Referendum of Cerro de San Pedro/San Xavier
Mines Release Final Results and Report
San Luis Pososí (SLP) -- México, October 30, 2006
Members of the Coordination of the Public Referendum CERRO SAN PEDRO/SAN XAVIER MINES have released to the public and to interested public officials this report of the activities and results of the popular poll carried out on the 22nd and 23rd of October, 2006, a poll that with the participation of society, was carried out regarding their opinions with respect to the acceptance or rejection of the mining project San Xavier in Cerro de San Pedro.
a. In accordance to the Convocacation, the following were informed and invited to participate in the role of observers: 1) The State Electoral Commission, 2) The State Government, 3) Mining company Minera San Xavier, Inc. (MSX)
b. The logistical activities of the event were initiated in mid-September, and on October 12 the information campaign began, consisting of the distribution of 50,000 flyers, the posting of 3000 official announcements and 1000 posters. Additionally, a press campaign was carried out, a paid insert included in the Saturday October 21 edition of the newspaper Pulso, and various public announcements made n two local radio stations.
c. The infrastructure work consisted of the aquisition of ballot boxes, printing of voting ballots and all of the materials reqired for the funcioning of the balloting, the location of the voting centers and the training of personnel for the voting, with an estimated 200 volunteers.
d. The total cost of the event was calculated at $24,600.00
e. Resources provided in-kind by the Supplies Committee were valued at $12,450.00
f. Of the 68 voting centers proposed, for the two days, 56 were fixed-site locations in 4 municipalities and two mobile. The total number of voters was 19,608 persons. In total there were 109,153 responses to various questions (* The questions are listed below):
Percentage Against MSX
1. 341 19,213 54
2. 121 19,431 56
3. 133 19,391 84
4. 124 19,392 92
5. 330 19,208 70
6. 185 19,355 68
7. 486 19,050 72
g. In relation to these results, it should be emphasised that the result of question (7) is considered to be the basis of the preceeding 6 questions, and makes apparent a catagorical NO to the installation of Minera San Xavier in Cerro de San Pedro with a percentage of 97.59% against.
h. Additionally some 2,204 personal opinions were collected. 16% of respondees wanted better information and diffusion of the problem. 5% said that the ballot should be more objective and less tendencious, and a good number of persons questioned the passive or insensitive attitude of the government in the face of the mining project.
i. Some 4,121 email addresses were registered; this is for us an indication of the special interest that these persons have regarding the problem. Reflecting this interest, a network will be organized to maintain the exchange of information and activities of the movement.
j. The results will be sent to all the government officials involved in the problem, locally as well as on an international level, to be shared with countries we have had informed beforehand of the event, and whom are fighting struggles similar to ours.
For the cordination of the Citizen`s Consultation
Dr. Juan Carlos Ruiz Gadalajara
Carlos Covarrubias Rendón, Atty.
Cario Martínez Ramos, Engineer
James Del Tedesco
Convocation of the Civil Society Consutation
BACKGROUND: However little-known it is, owing to the press censorship which prevents our society from being fully informed, the mining company Minera San Xavier (Metallica Resources) does not have permits to operate: San Luis Ecológico through a judicial act of nullification, in categorial and irreversible form, annuled the land-use permit awarded in 1999 by the National Institute of Ecology to the transnational mining firm Minera San Xavier.
The verdict was delivered by the Superior Chamber of the Tribunal of Administrative and Fiscal Justice on October 5, 2005. The unchallengable sentence (which means the total and irreversible annulation of the permit) was based on the fact that the permit initially awarded was totally in violation of the State Decree of 09/24/1993, - which defined Cerro de San Pedro as a zone of wildlife preservation, with a policy of restoration which should be implemented within twenty years, with protection of the water aquifers.
Violation of this Decree is a violation of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Protection of the Environment.
Mining permits issued must be in conformity with Article 181 of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Protection of the Environment, and officials who awarded the permits in violation of this law should be sanctioned. However, in an unprecendented manner, the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) awarded a new permit to Minera San Xavier on April 10, 2006, in plain defiance and violation of the aforementioned laws. In the upcoming days, the Superior Chamber of the Tribunal of Fiscal and Administrative Justice will order SEMARNAT to comply with the sentence, with the implication that the responsible government officials be brought before justice.
It is fitting to show that our consultation was carried out based on Article 34 of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Protection of the Environment, which states that State authorities are obligated to submit to public opinion issues that would affect society, as part of the Environmental Impact process, and that Minera San Xavier has carried out its process in an illegal manner.
The State Governor has neglected as well to solicit public opinion, as is clearly established in Article 39 of the State Constitution, which clearly defines those types of activities which are authorized in the Federal, State and Municipal frameworks, and should be submitted to popular consultation
* The questions to which responses were made in the ballot:
1. Do you agree that Minera San Xavier should be able to contaminate the water table and the atmosphere of the Valley of San Luis Potosí with cyanide and other dangerous substances?
2. Do you agree that Minera San Xavier should use 25 tonnes/day of explosives for 8 or 9 years, destroying the environment and putting in risk the historic town of Cerro de San Pedro, heritage of the nation?
3. Do you agree that Minera San Xavier should use the Municipality of Graciano Sánchez to stockpile millions of tonnes of contaminated wastes?
4. Do you agree with the destruction of protected flora and fauna carried out by Minera San Xavier?
5. Do you agree that state Governor Marcelo de los Santos and the President of the Republic Vincente Fox should support the installation of Minera San Xavier in Cerro de San Pedro?
6. Do you agree that the reference to Cerro de San Pedro should be taken off of the Coat of Arms of San Luis Potosí as a foundational symbol of our history?
7. Do you agree with the installation of Minera San Xavier in Cerro de San Pedro?
Space for your free opinion: