Judge suspends work on Independencia pipeline

Friday, November 4, 2011

A judge from Mexico's tenth district court in Obregón city, Sonora state, has halted work on the Independencia potable water pipeline for Hermosillo, paper Milenio reported.

Construction had continued on the project despite an October 13 court order requiring the indefinite suspension of works. The claim was won by agricultural producers in the Yaqui valley area, who say the transfer pipeline will reduce the availability of water for irrigation.

Sonora's Yaqui valley is home to some 55,500 indigenous people.

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Consortium Exploraciones Mineras del Desierto, made up of 16 Sonora firms, began construction on the pipeline in February after being awarded a contract in October last year.

The 2.44bn-peso (US$204mn) project involves building a pipeline to transport water over 150km from the El Novillo reservoir to state capital Hermosillo.