Lack of clarity in the results of pollution levels in Cerro Prieto

Lack of clarity in the results of pollution levels in Cerro Prieto

Jan 16, 2018

Almost two years after the Federal Government agreed to carry out studies on polluting emissions from the geothermal power plant in Mexicali, which was done by educational institutions in Mexico and the United States at a high cost, no formal information is given to the public yet. Mexicali, Baja California on January 12, 2018. – Representative of the Baja California Party (PBC) Jorge Eugenio Núñez described the process as “opaque and irresponsible”. The results were delivered on January 11, regarding the contamination levels generated by the Geothermal plant. Cerro Prieto, and according to the specialists, the figures are within the allowed spectrum.   “It seems irresponsible that no results are given to the people of the Mexicali Valley in such a sensitive issue. Absolutely no report, methodology or technical data is provided, not even to the media, “said the President of the Commission for Economic Development and Trade Binational. Núñez Lozano explained: “The investigation was demanded by citizens, and therefore, a Special Commission of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) carried out the study, without allowing the intervention of any other authority in the process of the investigation that was supposedly elaborated by researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Berkeley, California, United States”. The results state that air pollution in the area is “within the tolerance ranges”, the levels of metals in the blood of the inhabitants are “within the margins”, and the water quality is “within the permissible levels”, but no details on the indexes of contamination established by international treaties or organisms are provided; so people don’t know if the situation is permissible for the environment and the human being. Data: · In May 1973, the Cerro Prieto Geothermal field began activities with the entry into commercial operation of the first two units of the Cerro Prieto I Power Plant. (II-2) · The Cerro Prieto V Geothermal Electric Field is the last one in the area put into service in 2012, which would cost more than 137 million dollars. (II-17), and it was projected that the investment would be recovered in 4 years. (II-18) · The budget determined for environmental protection measures of Cerro Prieto V would be less than...

State-level program needed to combat air pollution in Mexicali and Tijuana

State-level program needed to combat air pollution in Mexicali and Tijuana

Jan 12, 2018

The Secretariat of Environmental Protection of the State, said that it will respond to the State Commission on Human Rights, the work being done to reduce the levels of air pollution that exist  in Mexicali are way too high, specially the levels registered during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The secretary, Thelma Castañeda Custoria, said that there is progress in the issue of the state capital because there is already a Pro-Air Committee, where there are responsible authorities such as Civil Society Organizations and the Academy. She stated that there is a need for new laws that prohibit, or at least control pyrotechnics, in order to move forward on this matter. Regarding Tijuana, she expressed that this city also has high levels of air pollution, and that the situation could be worse if Tijuana was not by the sea, which helps to purify the air. Castañeda Custoria concluded saying that the topography of Mexicali is a disadvantage in comparison to other municipalities, however, the idea is to create a state-level program. Source: Secretaría de Protección al Ambiente del Estado de Baja...

Marine research begins in newly designated Revillagigedo National Park

Marine research begins in newly designated Revillagigedo National Park

Jan 5, 2018

From December 3 to 9, 2017, personnel from the Marine Ecosystems Laboratory of the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS), experts from the Revillagigedo National Park and the Baja California and North Pacific Peninsula Regional Office of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas ( CONANP), visited 3 insular bodies of the recently declared Natural Reservoir, Revillagigedo National Park, aboard a large  Storm Vessel. During this period 12 diving expeditions were carried out in a period of 5 days. On the crossing to the islands of Socorro, San Benedicto and Roca Partida, censuses of fish, large pelagics, invertebrates, birds, marine mammals and sea turtle nesting sites were detected and monitored. As well as the coral reef conditions and the impact that recreational diving could bring to the area. A geo reference of beaches and other relevant sites was conducted as well. After the designation of the Revillagigedo National Park by President Enrique Peña Nieto on November 27, 2017, this is the first exploratory survey of public use and biological censuses in order to obtain information for the preparation of a long term marine monitoring project. The plan contemplates the inclusion of indicators of the effects of climate change, which will provide information that will be used for the management of public use programs of this Natural Protected Area (ANP). The impact data of the diving and reaction of the species will be integrated into the load capacity study for the area carried out in 2015 by M. en C. Patricia Alexandra Álvarez del Castillo Cárdenas. The Revillagigedo Archipelago is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean 386 km southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, 600 km off the coast of the state of Colima and approximately 386 km south of Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S. It is formed by the islands of San Benedicto, Socorro, Clarión and the islet of Roca Partida with its corresponding adjacent waters. The islands make up a habitat of vital importance for various endemic species of flora and fauna, particularly sea birds. The surrounding waters represent an exceptional convergence of two marine biogeographic regions: the Northeast Pacific and the Eastern Pacific. This Protected Natural Area is at the crossroads where...

Lagunas de Montebello, once multicolored, today polluted and endangered

Lagunas de Montebello, once multicolored, today polluted and endangered

Dec 27, 2017

Lagunas de Montebello National Park is a national park in Chiapas, southern Mexico, close to the border with Guatemala, comprising 59 multicolored lakes that extend over a 6,000-hectare expanse of land and two Maya ruins. It was created in 1959, being the first national park in Chiapas and by 2009 it was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The multicolored lakes are famous for their outstanding colors, yet those mesmerizing tone variations ranging from emerald to turquoise are being slowly replaced by muddy polluted waters. Thus, it is imperative to stop the pollution of the Lagunas de Montebello National Park, since pollution is affecting the environment in the region, the wellness of the surrounding communities and it is having a negative economic impact in the entity. “The conservation of the Lagunas de Montebello National Park is an urgent issue because Chiapas is the poorest state of Mexico and it needs to protect its natural resources. Without natural resources, tourism stops resulting in more poverty,” said senator Luis Armando Melgar Bravo. Roberto Bonifaz Alfonzo, researcher at the Institute of Geophysics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), reported that from 2003 to date a sudden change in coloration was detected in some of the lakes, due to a surplus of nutrient income from the system of black waters of the municipality of Comitán, along with the use of chemicals in agriculture and deforestation. “Chiapas lives off its natural resources and those resources translate into tourism and tourism feeds the people of the entity. It is necessary to generate awareness,” assured Melgar Bravo. Melgar Bravo recalled that in July 2016, Mexico’s National Water Commission (Conagua) announced an investment of MXN$ 200 million to protect the area, yet the senator said “we have not seen any specific nature conservation project, yet what we do see is that pollution prevails, groundwater levels are contaminated, agricultural practices are not respecting environmental standards. There are facts and results,” calling on the authorities to protect the Lagunas de Montebello National Park and hopefully stop pollution before it is too late. Fuente: El...

Representative Rocío López Gorosave says water supply is guaranteed for Ensenada and San Quintin

Representative Rocío López Gorosave says water supply is guaranteed for Ensenada and San Quintin

Dec 5, 2017

Mexicali, Baja California, Sunday, December 3, 2017.- “One of the main problems faced by Baja Californians, especially those who live in the City of Ensenada and the San Quintín Valley, is the lack of water and therefore we need to do what is necessary to guarantee the constant supply of water,” declared representative Rocío López Gorosave from Ensenada, at the end of the session of the State Congress where the opinion 95 was approved, which makes possible 3 specific projects, the construction of two desalination plants , one in San Quintín and another in Playas de Rosarito, as well as a rainwater system in the Municipality of Mexicali. The Legislator made clear that it is irresponsible and a serious omission to deny (for political reasons), water to residents of the coastal zone, since it is absolutely necessary for the local communities to develop properly. López Gorosave added “we respect the opinions against the construction of the desalination plants, however most of those who oppose them, have never experienced the every day lack of water situation that local families and industries have been living for years in that area. She continued: “The desalination plant in Playas de Rosarito will provide water to that municipality and will greatly contribute to the supply of Tijuana, but it is also of great importance to the Municipality of Ensenada, since a good part of the water it receives comes from Tijuana”. And added: “As for the desalination plant in San Quentin, it will benefit more than 100 thousand people who are practically on the verge of dying of thirst, since there is no other water source to supply the region.” INITIATIVE APPROVED López Gorosave informed that, in relation with the approval of opinion 95, three main points stand out: First.-  For no reason or under any circumstances can water be sold outside the State of Baja California, much less to the United States of America. Second.- All matters concerning the management of public resources, whether it’s the cost of investment, financing, payments, as well as the construction work, will be carried out in a transparent manner, under the principles of maximum publicity established both in the Federal Constitution as in the Local and in several International treaties. Third.- On an annual basis, the State...

Mexico is better prepared to face climate change

Mexico is better prepared to face climate change

Dec 2, 2017

The Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, inaugurated the Second National Meeting of “Climate Change Response”, an event organized by the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC) in which it seeks to build a multidisciplinary dialogue to learn about the different actions, success stories and innovative projects that are carried out in our country to be able to face the impacts derived from this global climatic phenomenon. From November 27 to December 1, experts in the field will offer conferences, lectures, discussion panels and information talks in a space for reflection and exchange of experiences and knowledge. The main topic of the meeting is innovation in science and technology and its relationship with air quality, adaptation, mitigation of climate change, and the development of a green economy. The head of SEMARNAT reiterated that climate change is a major threat to humanity and, therefore, its combat must be a priority for the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto. That is why in the last COP23, in Bonn, Germany, our country promoted compliance with the Paris Agreement and expressed the need to increase climate responsible policies and actions. Rafael Pacchiano concluded: “this meeting, which works began a year ago, will help us to know where we are, what risks we face, what we are doing and what else we can do to face this problem in the best possible way.” Source:...