The Comptroller's report
A reading of the draft report containing the preliminary results of the examination into the Llurimagua mining project was attended by nine members of the Intag community. One of whom was anti-mining activist and environmentalist Carlos Zorrilla who said that it was "appalling to see how many laws were violated, it was very shocking."
According to the Comptroller's report, Codelco's negligence meant that the proper steps to identify environmental risks, threats to food and nutrition and presence of heavy metals in the water were not taken.
The Chilean state-owned mining company would have failed to present an annual report of activities and the annual investment programme. The mining project was set to be carried out in a joint venture with Ecuadorian mining company Enami but the report shows mining activity would have been undertaken before having the necessary environmental license.
Regarding the local water resources, it was determined that a study approved by the Ministry of Environment (MAE), does not contain real flows of the Junín River and the Chiriyacu Stream. In addition, it was indicated that these studies did not identify the state of water and soil prior to the execution of the project.
The Comptroller's Office also points out that native trees were felled and a plan was not drawn up that contemplates guidelines for the conservation of the micro-basin. As a consequence, the mitigation and prevention measures considered in the environmental management plan were not applied in order to conserve the flora, fauna and water sources.