Magazine article New Internationalist

Illegal Dam Blockaded

Magazine article New Internationalist

Illegal Dam Blockaded

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For over 14 years the residents of Los Caimanes have fought against Latin A merica's largest tailings dam, constructed by mining transnational A ntofagasta Minerals' subsidiary, Minera Los Pelambres (MLP).

Declared illegal before it was even built, the tailings dam dried and polluted the valley. It left no clean water for consumption or agriculture. Residents' objections brought them into conflict with the Luksic brothers, whose business empire, which includes finance, transport and telecommunications as well as mining, took root during the Pinochet dictatorship. The Luksics' close personal ties to President Michelle Bachelet have recently caused a scandal.

After countless mobilizations and legal challenges the community won significant victories. These included legal recognition of the risk posed by seismic activity, and damage to archaeological heritage. Last October the Chilean Supreme Court finally ordered the company to return the natural flow of water to the valley. …

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