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Old 08-24-2014, 10:45 AM
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Water in the Cabo/southern Baja area - proposed gold mine

Regular readers of my column may recall that I visited Todos Santos, Baja Sur about a year and a half ago. Flew to the San Jose del Cabo airport. Todos Santos is about 50 miles north on the west coast. I drove back to the Bay Area with my friend who wanted to be with her daughter for the birth of her first grandchild in Humboldt.

The area is not a hard desert, a la Iraq. For most of the trip, ample desert flora was to be seen - lot of large cactus and other exotic plants. But it is fairly dry and water in general is not in long supply. Just about the entire water supply for the whole area comes from the mini rain forest, probably not the correct phrase, around the Sierra de la Laguna, a small mountain range in southern Baja:


I believe the highest point is about 6200 feet. My friend makes a good case that w/o that water, the tourist and native residency areas would all but not exist.

There is a move afoot to stop a proposed gold mine from going in up in those hills. She sent me this online petition recently:


The page is in Spanish. Google translate makes it readable if not especially elegant:

To extract gold from the stones are used and generate hazardous chemicals such as cyanide, arsenic, sulfuric acid, lead and other heavy metals. The dust generated by the daily explosions and mine operation would cover a radius of up to 170 km with harmful effects on plants and animals, polluting the water, air and soil from the municipalities of La Paz to Los Cabos, this would increase the rate of cancer and other chronic or fatal diseases. The Sierra de la Laguna captures the water we consume throughout the southern state. Sierra born in our water; while in regions such as La Paz, Todos Santos and Los Cabos just rain just over 10 inches per year in the highest parts of the Sierra falls an average of one meter of rain per year How could we put our main source of risk water that is contaminated by hazardous chemicals which generates a surface mining?

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