Greenpeace asks to declare illegal study on Section 5 of the Mayan Train

Mexico City.- The Greenpeace organization asked a federal judge to declare unconstitutional the Environmental Impact Statement (MIA) authorized by Semarnat for Section 5 of the Mayan Train, from Cancun to Tulum, Quintana Roo, since it violates the rights to information and public participation in matters environmental.

Greenpeace demanded the above in an extension of the amparo, with file number 1216/2022, presented last Friday on the violation of the Escazú Agreement, an international treaty signed by Mexico on protocols for the protection of the environment to guarantee access rights to environmental information, public participation in environmental decision-making processes and access to justice in environmental matters.

The organization argued that the authorization of a provisional MIA for the Mayan Train violates that agreement, since the works began without any study on the impact of the controversial section that crosses the jungle and on land with caves and cenotes.

“The authorization violates the Escazú Agreement and with it also the rights of access to information, public participation and access to environmental justice. It must also be remembered that this work of the Mayan Train began in total illegality, starting the works deforesting the Mayan jungle without even an environmental impact statement and without even having started the environmental impact assessment process,” said Viridiana Lázaro, a member of the organization.

Greenpeace affirmed that Mexican legislation must comply with articles 6 and 7 of the Escazú Agreement, on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean, referring to the right to citizen participation and availability of information on environmental impact.

“This amparo, in addition to declaring the unconstitutionality of the works on Section 5 of the Mayan Train, seeks to reform laws and set precedents for future projects. People have the right to obtain information and participate in them if they have an impact in our lives,” said Luis Miguel Caro, legal adviser to Greenpeace.

The organization asked the Mexican Congress and the President of the Republic to adapt local legislation to the signed treaty and to order restoration or remediation measures in the section already affected.

At a press conference, the lawyer also warned that the train, 1,500 kilometers long in the Yucatan Peninsula, will not only have an environmental but also a social impact with the number of people it hopes to transport and the “development poles” planned, so that it is necessary to respect the legislation and reproached the triumphalism with which this Wednesday the Government reported the revocation of three definitive suspensions.

“I notice a triumphalism on the part of the authorities, this triumphalism on the political side infuriates me because it seems that we are having a canteen dispute, over who gets the rent or something like that, as if we were not seeing something that transcends the authorities, the governments that come and go, including our generation,” said Cano.

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