The mining giant Grupo México denied that a recent spill of three cubic meters of sulfuric acid in the Gulf of California had caused environmental damage in the area.
On Tuesday, July 13, 3 cubic meters of acid fell into the Sea of Cortez, after a test and fill operation failed. Since then, the mining company has been in the eyes of society to repair the damage caused to the ecology.
In response to the report from the Secretary of the Navy, the company gave its explanations. Due to the small amount of the chemical compound that was dumped into the bay "its dilution occurred very quickly." "This made the release harmless and it was determined that the flora and fauna of the port area were not affected, according to the report from the Secretary of the Navy," their spokesmen affirmed.
Dead animals have appeared on the coasts of Guaymas, but the mining company denied that it was as a result of the spillage of the 3,000 liters of the toxic component that ended up in the ocean due to the fracture of one of the pipes that transported the chemical.
The company explained that the amount of liquid spilled was too small to have consequences such as those indicated by users of social networks. Also, due to the alkaline conditions of the ocean water, the chemical dissolved without problem.
According to the company's statement, the authorities found that the situation had been addressed and that there would be no serious consequences. "For this reason, we consider that the information disseminated through social networks about the deaths of the marine population is not related in any way to the incident that occurred."
In addition, the mining company took the opportunity to give arguments about the 22 cases of environmental damage to which it has been related in the more than 50 years it has been operating in the country.
The company only attributed two cases, which are Guaymas and the spill of 40 million liters of acidulated copper sulfate in Río Sonora in 2014, which has been listed as one of the most serious environmental tragedies in the country's history.
While the accusations and arguments continue, the operations of tank number 19 of the Grupo México plant in Guaymas was partially and temporarily closed, due to the failure that caused the spill occurred.
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