image of a community meeting with Gustavo Castro in Chiapas, Mexico
Community meeting in Chiapas, Mexico with Gustavo Castro; Photo: MiningWatch


▷ The Federal government authority denied the Esperanza project now owned by Alamos Gold and environmental licence.  Area residents, environmental groups, and state authorities have opposed this project over risks to water, flora and fauna, and for its close proximity to the Xochicalco archaeological site.


▷ Dozens of communities with collectively held lands have declared themselves territories free of mining.  For example, the Ejido Benito Juáez in Chihuahua voted to expel MAG Silver and prohibit any mining for 100 years on their lands after the murder of Ismael Solorio Urrutia and his wife Manuela Martha Solís Contreras in 2012. The respective municipal, agrarian and Indigenous authorities have made similar decisions oin over seventy communities in the states of Guerrerro, Colima, Morelos, Puebla, Oaxaca and Chiapas.

▷ A federal court suspended more than 70 mining concessions in the area of the Wirikuta Natural Protected Area, a spritually important area for the Wixeárika Indigenous people.

▷The federal environmental authority denied a zoning permit for the Caballo Blanco project owned by Timmins Gold Corp and Goldgroup in Veracruz, which has faced strong opposition from environmental groups in particular because of its close proximity to the Laguna Verde nuclear power station.