Farmers in the municipality of Ixtacamaxtitlán in Mexico’s Puebla state are asking the National Water Commission (Conagua) to carry out an investigation into water being used by Canadian mining company Almaden Minerals in the community of Tulixtic, saying the community had not given Almaden permission to use the water.
La Jornada reports that residents of the area attended an informational meeting last month where they were told that the company was not buying water in the area to supply purification processes for the copper, gold, and silver in the area.
Company representatives also admitted at the meeting to using cyanide, but insisted it was not damaging to health.
Resident Moreno Fernández said that there was evidence that the water used by the Canadian company is being purchased for $5,600 USD per month from Zacatepec, the location of the informational meeting.
La Jornada newspaper quoted residents of San Miguel Tuligtic as saying the company was giving out cell phones and appliances in order to win them over.
A regional forum on the social and environmental impacts of the mines is planned for March 24.
Almaden Minerals has two mining projects in Ixtacamaxtitlán and one closer to Tetela. The principal project in the area is the Tuligtic mine, a 14,000-hectare claim. The company says that it owns all the land for the mines, and has estimated that there are 56.99 million tons of gold in the Tuligtic mine.
In total, Almaden has 23 projects in the Mexican states of Puebla, Veracruz, Guerrero, San Luis Potosí, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Tamaulipas and Oaxaca.