|Mining sector in Argentina|
|Description||Specific instance notified by the NGO CEDHA regarding the activities of a Xstrata Copper, an Argentinian subsidiary of Glencore Cooper, an Australian multinational enterprise operating in Argentina. Specific instance transferred to the Argentinian NCP by the Australian NCP.|
|Theme(s)||Disclosure, Environment, General policies|
|Date||16 Sep 2011|
|Industry sector||Mining and quarrying|
In June 2011, the Australian NCP received a request for review from the Argentinian NGO CEDHA alleging that Xstrata Copper, an Argentinian subsidiary of Glencore Cooper, an Australian multinational enterprise had breached the general policies, disclosure, and environment provisions of the Guidelines in Argentina. The NGO called on the company to cease all types of activity related to the El Pachón rock glacier due to its negative environmental impact.
The Argentinian NCP received the request for review in September 2011 and, after undertaking an initial assessment of the specific instance, concluded that it merited further consideration and offered its good offices to the parties in order to facilitate a dialogue to reach an understanding that would be mutually beneficial.
In May 2012, the company provided further information that had been requested by the ANCP on the status of the field survey and the corresponding technical study. The company stated that it had successfully conducted the field works required for the preparation of the technical report, and reiterated the will of the company to work on the initiative of a Protocol for Mining Activities in glacier areas and periglacial environments announced by CEDHA on 8 October 2011. The company felt that it was important to involve both the Federal Government and the Provincial and Municipal Governments to participate in the elaboration of said Protocol.
Following these exchanges, the ANPC analysed its role in this specific instance process and decided that it could no longer fruitfully persist in its role of facilitator. In this respect, the ANPC has attempted to bring the parties together in order to foster dialogue between them, but the conditions imposed by the company to engage in direct dialogue have frustrated this goal. The NCP's final statement gives more information regarding its decision.
The ANCP still encourages the parties to consider finding a way to generate the conditions required to engage in dialogue and constructively work for the resolution of the issues in which they are involved.