SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science

An Assessment of Mine Legacies and How to Prevent Them

A Case Study from Latin America

Authors: Pacheco Cueva, Vladimir

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  • Provides an ecosystem services approach to water resource problems Provides an in-depth study of socio-economic issues involved in acid mine drainage Supplies policy recommendations on the cost of water replacement in developing countries

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This book seeks to enrich the growing literature on mine legacies by examining a case study of a small abandoned mine in Latin America. Using a combination of Rapid Rural Appraisal and secondary source analysis, this study assessed some of the most damaging legacies of the San Sebastian mine in eastern El Salvador, compared the country’s mine closure legislation against world’s best practice standards and provided strategies for awareness, prevention and remediation. 

The most damaging legacy to the environment is that of Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) contamination of the local river.  The impact of AMD is felt well beyond the mining district and the costs of prevention and remediation were found to be significant. Apart from environmental legacies, the mine also left a number of socio-economic legacies including: limited access to non-polluted water that results in San Sebastian residents devoting a high proportion of their income in obtaining water, lost opportunities due to the cessation of mining, uncertain land tenure situation and increasing growth of ASGM activities that exacerbate already existing environmental pollution due to use of mercury. The study also found that the state’s capacity to ensure compliance with the law is very weak and that in many important respects the country’s current legal framework does not meet world’s best practice when it comes to mine closure requirements.

The findings are important because they demonstrate that the lack of closure planning can lead to private operators socializing the costs of pollution. The study also shows that the lack of state capacity may result in extractive projects becoming socio-economic liabilities in the long term.


About the authors

Vladimir Pacheco Cueva holds a Doctorate of Philosophy and has 15 years experience pursuing research and providing training, policy and consulting to the private, community, government and academic sectors with respect to governance, community development and resource sector projects in Australia, Latin America and the South Pacific.

Dr. Pacheco Cueva specializes in the design and implementation of cost-effective monitoring and evaluation programs to assess social impacts associated with resource and other large-scale economic projects.  His current research interests include the improvement of structures governing the oil and gas sector in the Artic regions.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Methodology

    Pages 1-3

    Pacheco Cueva, Vladimir

  • Knowledge About Mine Legacies, International Best Practice Standards and Mine Closure Regulation in the USA and El Salvador

    Pages 5-12

    Pacheco Cueva, Vladimir

  • Social and Historical Remarks About Mining in San Sebastian and Assessment of the Mine’s Current Legal Status

    Pages 13-19

    Pacheco Cueva, Vladimir

  • Legacies of the San Sebastian Mine

    Pages 21-44

    Pacheco Cueva, Vladimir

  • Reform, Awareness, Prevention and Remediation Strategies

    Pages 45-53

    Pacheco Cueva, Vladimir

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eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-53976-8
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-53975-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Assessment of Mine Legacies and How to Prevent Them
Book Subtitle
A Case Study from Latin America
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53976-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53976-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-53975-1
Series ISSN
2191-5547
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 61
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
Topics