Anglo American: Threatened Water Sources in Peru

Community opposition continues to delay Anglo American’s plans to begin production at their Michiquillay and Quellaveco copper mines in Peru. Local communities fear the mines will cause severe environmental damage and deplete water supplies.[1] Residents from the Moquegua region, where the Quellaveco mine is located, took part in the Grand National March for the Right to Water and Life in 2012 to underscore the threat to their water supplies.[2] Community protests led to the suspension of Michiquillay mine and the establishment of a mediation committee to resolve community/company conflicts.[3]
[1] Reuters (2011): FACTBOX-Social conflicts over Peru mining projects, 3 November: www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/03/peru-mining-conflicts-idUSN1E7A21FG20111103 (accessed 23.09.2013); MinderAndina (2011): Protests bring Quellaveco and Michiquillay to a halt, 19 December:www.minerandina.com/en/protests-bring-quellaveco-and-michiquillay-to-a-halt/ (accessed 23.09.2013).

[2] Mines and Communities (2012): Thousands march for the right to water in Peru, 14 February: www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=11493 (accessed 23.09.2013).

[3] Pro Diálogo (n.d.): Comité de Mediación para el entorno del proyecto minero Michiquillay, Cajamarca: www.prodialogo.org.pe/proyectos/comité-de-mediación-para-el-entorno-del-proyecto-minero-michiquillay-cajamarca (accessed 23.09.2013).