President López Obrador has offered to intervene for Minera Cuzcatlán, after San José del Progeso´s mayor, Amador Vázquez Gómez, along with residents of nearby communities and workers, asked him to review the company’s permitting issue.
Last week, Mayor Vázquez, neighbors and workers asked López Obrador in Oaxaca to intervene for Minera Cuzcatlán’s permitting issue since without the approval of SEMARNAT it cannot continue operating. Vázquez explained to the president that Minera Cuzcatlán has been environmentally responsible and that its environmental impact is minor,since its operations are underground. In addition, he stressed that without the permit, more than 1,200 direct jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs will be lost. López Obrador replied that he was informed of the situation and that he would "review the case and find a solution to the problem so no one is affected."
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Residents of municipalities near San José del Progreso, Oaxaca, where Minera Cuzcatlán operates, reported that local authorities have tried to blackmail them into signing documents, urging SEMARNAT to deny the company's environmental permit. Additionally, residents said they fear being excluded from social programs and other processes if they do not sign the petition
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