A group of community farmers, members of San Pedro Chapulco, Azumbilla and Puente Colorado, denounced that the international energy giant, Iberdrola, used the conflict of territorial boundaries that precede 1936 in order to create division between communities and halt public opposition to its wind farm next to the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve.
At a press conference on Monday, the president of the Chapulco commissioner, Lorenzo Osorio Rosas, denounced Iberdrola for its practices. The announcement was held in the capital of Puebla, with the support of lawyers Carlos Popocatl, Gustavo Rosas and Arturo Mendoza, as well as two communal land owners, Luis Lázaro Santos, of Azumbilla, and Mario Betanzos Castillo.
At the meeting, attendees learned that panista councilor, Fernando López Rojas, who was also a delegate in Puebla of the Commission for the Regulation of Land Tenure (Corett), was the political operator acting in support of the company.
Since the six-year term of PAN Rafael Rafael Valle, he was informed that the communal authorities signed under duress three contracts for the lease of 11 thousand hectares for the installation of the Industrial Park of Renewable Energy (PIER IV), leaving the region without land for agricultural use.
He blamed the state government for establishing the conditions for the installation of the wind farm that would begin operations in the month of September, as the interim president Guillermo Pacheco Pulido announced at the time.
He accused the government of not providing for a free and informed consultation with the inhabitants of popoloca origin who will be harmed by the environmental impact.
For his part, lawyer Gustavo Rosas, of the Hermanos Serdán Collective, argued that Iberdrola acted in contempt of the sentence issued in 2016 by the Fifth Collegiate Court in Administrative Matters of the First Circuit, of Mexico City, in which he claims that everything the area of the 11 thousand hectares, rented for 30 years, is ejidal land to be used for farming.
Despite this, he said that the company violated the judge's ruling and pursued unfair “business” with authorities in Chapulco, Azumbilla and Puente Colorado, to whom the company promised to build roads, schools and other works, in exchange for the installation of the wind farm .
For lawyer Rosas, Iberdrola assumed an international strategy to divide the three communities, which could lead to a major social conflict with fatal consequences.
In an interview, he revealed that the Spanish company, Iberdrola, lied to the peasants, when it assured there would be no environmental impact in their communities due to the construction and operation of the wind farm. Iberdrola's claims do not agree with the Semarnat Environmental Impact Manifestation (MIA) which documented there would be irreversible damage to the endemic flora and fauna of these villages of popoloca origin.
He even said that the laying of high-voltage towers will cross the town of Puente Colorado in half, exposing its population to electromagnetic fields that alter health and could cause cancer.
Gustavo Rosas clarified that for ejidatarios there was no economic value to compensate for damage to land and the environment; However, it showed that Iberdrola has not paid the agreed amounts to the communities.
He announced that in 2017 the company delivered a million 613 thousand pesos to the ejido commissioner but there is no information as to what happened with that money. In 2016 and 2018 they did not pay any money.
Iberdrola has not paid rights or lease for three years at the Wind Farm of the municipality of Esperanza, the firm's first project.
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