Proyecto Ninu y Papagallos, Argentina
Synopsis: The mine borders the Diamond Lagoon, the largest water reserve in Mendoza. Opposition to the project has come from professionals, residents and the government of San Carlos (Mendoza) in defense of the water reserve and the Uco Valley. It is alleged that the operators lacked the required permits and did not satisfy Argentine standards for Environmental Impact Assessment. In 2007, the municipality Mendocino of San Carlos prohibited the use of contaminating substances in mining and issued ordinances to prevent the degradation local waters and biodiversity. The project has been suspended.