According to the Gringo Gazette (and you must always take what they print with a handful of salt, lime and tequila although they usually get the message from visiting government agencies correct) Semarnat, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources at the federal level, representative Elvira Quesada said that the proposed Concordia gold mine in the Sierra de la Laguna mountains will not be allowed to continue. Apparently the land that Concordia has a permit to explore is not owned by them due to title irregularities. The permit they have will expire in July 2012 and not be renewed. The land under question is being claimed by Semarnat and will then be merged into the protected area of the Sierra de la Laguna. Semarnat’s state representative (Baja Sur) says Concordia does not have a mining permit and they will not get a land use or deforestation permit.
Semarnat also brought bad news for the Cabo Cortés development. They say over 100 scientists from many different organizations are currently working on the environmental impact statement which is needed for the project to continue. This is the first time that various oversight agencies have worked together on an impact statement. Also, more studies are needed besides the impact statement and they will take years to complete. For the project to continue, these studies must prove beyond any doubt that no harm will come to the protected marine park at Cabo Pulmo. Making matters even worse for Cabo Cortés, they need more money, $800 million dollars worth and their funding is coming from CAM in Spain and CAM is in trouble and hoping for a Spanish government bail out. With all the economic and monetary union problems in Europe and Spain in particular, this could mean no more funding for the project.
Whew! That’s a lot to digest, but if true, it’s great news. Let’s hope so.
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