Time ticking in Tambo
25 May 2019
The clock is ticking for the Tía María project, and pressure is building up on both sides for the government to decide whether or not to give the green light to this major copper project in Arequipa. Mayors from the Tambo valley, where farmers fear their crops will be affected by the Southern Peru mining project, were in Lima last week seeking to ensure that Prime Minister Salvador del Solar desists from giving the green light.
For Southern, which has been doings its best to win over support in the region, the urgency lies in the fact that if there is no go-ahead before August, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will expire and it will have to go back to square one with the project.
Southern has tried to rally support behind a project called Valle Unido (United Valley), a programme designed to win over local opinion for what it calls ‘development’ in the region.
Placards have appeared in the valley’s main towns with the slogan ‘Agro sí, desarrollo económico también’. This contrasts with the opposition slogan ‘Agro sí, mina no’ which accompanied the protests that took place in the valley four years ago which led to Tía María’s suspension.