Tia Maria mine

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Tia Maria Copper Deposit
Arequipa Region
Country Peru
Products Copper
Company Southern Copper Corporation

The Tia Maria mine is a large copper deposit located in the south of Peru in the province of Islay, Arequipa Region. The deposit contains an estimated total reserves 711 million tonnes of ore graded at 0.36% copper. [1] The project is operated by Southern Peru Copper Corporation.

Peru Republic in South America

Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean. Peru is a megadiverse country with habitats ranging from the arid plains of the Pacific coastal region in the west to the peaks of the Andes mountains vertically extending from the north to the southeast of the country to the tropical Amazon Basin rainforest in the east with the Amazon river.

In 2011, there were protests against the project which led to the deaths of three people. Concerns about the impact on agriculture led to the project's being put on hold. [2] [3]

A revised Environmental Impact Assessment by Geoservice Ingeniería for Southern Copper Corporation was approved in August 2014. The construction permit is still pending. [4] [5]

Geoservice Ingeniería

Geoservice Ingeniería is a Peruvian firm founded in 1995 which provides engineering and consulting services. It work includes environmental impact assessment (EIA) studies, hydrological studies, construction management, and geotechnical studies.

A new round of protests began in March 2015, including a march of eight hundred people. Many people were injured, and, by May, three more people have died from protesting. [6] [3] [2]

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