Site of the Los Cardones mine. Site of the Los Cardones mine.

Gold mine’s permit canceled by ruling

Tribunal quashes environmental permit for mine in Baja California Sur

A federal tribunal has quashed an environmental permit issued for a controversial gold mine in Baja California Sur.


The tribunal canceled the authorization given by the Environment and Natural Resources Secretariat for the operation of the Los Cardones open-pit mine, which has been criticized by citizens and some politicians for its possible effects on groundwater.

The site of the proposed mine is in the Sierra de Laguna in the municipality of La Paz, and within a buffer zone of the Sierra de Laguna biosphere reserve.

Environment authorities had opposed the project but reversed their position in 2014 after new plans were submitted by the mine’s developer, Desarollos Zapal, a subsidiary of Invecture, a Mexican firm linked to Grupo Salinas.

The mine has estimated reserves of 1.2 million ounces of gold, according to the developer.

Mine opponent Irina Trasviña of Frente Ciudadano, or Citizens’ Movement, said the ruling against the project represented “a national and international precedent that has succeeded in stopping for the fourth time a mining megaproject that threatens our water and consequently our quality of life.”

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • kallen

    There are trails to other abandoned gold mines in the area of southern Baja California Sur. We ride our bikes there sometimes. The mines are fenced off but you can see ore still in the cars and the workers’ clothes are still hanging on hooks as if everyone left suddenly. Most disturbingly though are the ponds of orange, dangerous chemical liquids out in the open. Barrels of god knows what litter the area. When the rains come the ponds overflow and the chemicals seep through the porous ground into the ground water.

    It’s good the mine opponents shut this down (my hat is off to Irina Trasvina and Citizen’s Movement – I’ve tried to support their movement). In Mexico getting rich at all cost is a cultural artifact…but we’re not much better in the US and with the EPA being gutted you can expect the raping to accelerate.

    • Anthony Stein

      Your new predator in chief will turn your whole country into a slimy cesspool!…USA!..USA!

  • K. Chris C.

    Oops. Didn’t line enough pockets.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

    • C Bierbauer78

      More likely a money laundering “mine” run by cartels. If anyone is worse for the local environment that mining operations, it is cartels.