Expansion of Renewable Energies in Mexico Has Victims, Too
Publisher: Inter Press Service
Date Written: 17/02/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20392
An account of the impact of wind and solar projects in the Yucatan state of Mexico on the nearby communities, in particular farmers, and the failures of the government to consult or inform the community on the environmental impacts and contract terms.
Besides the lack of information, and of free, prior and informed consent, as the law and international conventions require, indigenous people complain about impacts on migratory birds, rise in temperatures in areas with solar panels and water pollution caused by leaks from wind towers.
People in Yucatan do not want to replicate the "Oaxaca model". That is the southern state which has the largest number of wind farms, which have drawn many accusations of unfair treatment, land dispossession and lack of free, prior and informed consent.
"The authorities want to do this by all means, they are just trying to get these projects approved," said Canmex.