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An Alternative Look at a Proposed Mine In Tambogrande, Peru

An Alternative Look at a Proposed Mine In Tambogrande, Peru
English Version

Published: August 15, 2001

By: Robert E. Moran, Ph.D.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword ......................................................................................... iv
Executive Summary........................................................................vii
Introduction........................................................................................1
Findings.............................................................................................5
Related Observations ...................................................................13
Recommendations........................................................................19
References......................................................................................21

Concerned by the proposed relocation and by threats to their agriculturally based livelihoods, local populations have mounted significant resistance to the project. On February 27 and 28, 2001, an estimated 10,000 people participated in blocking road access to the exploration site. A recent initiative collected approximately 28,000 notarized signatures of individuals in the Tambogrande district, of approximately 37,000 eligible voters, who are opposed to the mine. Tambogrande's Mayor and local Archbishop have called for the project not to go forward, citing not only the potential environmental impacts, but the mine's disruptive social impacts, already evident in the exploration phase due to the tense environment of distrust and conflict that exists in the area. The archbishop has called the project "socially unviable." These actions represent significant opposition to the proposed mine by affected citizens and community leaders.

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