Officials and residents from the district Los Baños del Inca in Cajamarca have accused the Yanacocha mining company of endangering their local water supply.
According to El Comercio, several residents from the northern Peruvian region have announced they would launch a series of protests against the mining firm, citing concerns over their activity near La Shacsha, a protected area.
The dispute between the firm and local residents, the daily said, dates back to September 2006.
The area, which measures 6 hectares, is also home to an aquifer that was declared as a national protected site in 2005. Residents argue Yanacocha’s activities endanger the site, and say the mine is located in protected area.
However, according to the daily, Yanacocha has built the San Jose reservoir about a mile from the protected area, ensuring water supplies for local residents.
Edwin Amoretti, a social development manager at Yanacocha, said that the firm’s activities takes place a mile away from the protected site.