[MINE] How one Mexican town is navigating a Canadian mine

 
 

Just two years after the ratification of NAFTA and opening of Mexico’s borders to increased international investment, the Canadian-owned Metallica Resources announced its plans for what it claimed would be one of the greatest open-pit gold and silver mines in the world. The mine brought the promise of renewed economic development in the historic-yet-dying mining town of Cerro de San Pedro, but also ignited significant concerns over environmental impacts and the loss of the emblematic mountain overlooking the town. Despite the opposition winning multiple cases against the mine, MSX began operations in 2007. Ten years later, the mine has worked its way down the entire face of the mountain, deep into the earth. As MSX moves into its closure phase, residents of Cerro de San Pedro are left with questions of what’s to come. Amanda Annand's ethnographic project explores the daily life of people living and working closest to the mine. By highlighting the experiences of people involved, a much more nuanced narrative emerges in contrast to the classic polarized discourse that often characterizes mining conflict. 

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