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Where’s the Minister of Energy and Mines?

Published by MAC on 2001-05-01

Where’s the Minister of Energy and Mines?

Tambogrande Update – Nov. 21, 2003

From: CooperAccion, Peru

In the last update we reported that the Environment and Ecology Sub-commission of the Peruvian Congress had scheduled a session on Tambogrande with Francisco Ojeda, Mayor of Tambogrande and Hans Flury, Minister of Energy and Mines. The session was scheduled for this Wednesday but was canceled, for reasons that remain unclear. The session has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, the 26th of November.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Energy and Mines has been conspicuously quiet. The Ministry’s position regarding the aborted public consultation process for Manhattan’s EIA is unclear.

The Supposed "Tambogrande Effect"

On Tuesday November 18, the public hearing that was scheduled for the Alto Chicama mineral project (Barrick Gold – in the Department of La Libertad) was canceled. Approximately 300 protesters congregated at the hearing site. The MEM blamed the failure on the "Tambogrande Effect." In other words, the Tambogrande case has established a precedent that other communities are now following. It seems that the Ministry has not considered the possibility that the public participation process is flawed and that the public lacks confidence in the process.

Peruvian Academics Concur that EIA is Extremely Weak

This week the Episcopal Commission for Social Action (CEAS) and Diaconia for Justice and Peace (Archbishops of Piura and Tumbes) released a technical review of Manhattan’s EIA that was undertaken by the Centre for Research on Applied Geography of the Catholic University. The review is highly critical of the EIA. Several of the report’s general conclusions follow below:

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