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US company rejects Mexico government offer to buy its property amid environmental dispute

by Derek Andrews
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The US development firm Vulcan Supplies stated on Monday that it refused the Mexican authorities’s supply to buy its quarrying website positioned in Mexico’s Caribbean coastal state of Quintana Roo, native media reported.

The corporate asserted that it’s going to not surrender years of funding and work for “a nominal worth that’s removed from actuality and unilaterally imposed by the federal government of Mexico.”

Vulcan Supplies is a US-based firm specializing within the manufacturing of development supplies. It has a unit known as Calica in Mexico with concessions in Quintana Roo the place it extracts limestone and ships it to the US for use in development.

The corporate’s rejection comes as a response to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s proposal final July to purchase the corporate’s Caribbean coast property for $385 million over alleged damages to the close by system of underground caves and rivers brought on by the corporate’s exercise. Nonetheless, Vulcan Supplies denied the Mexican authorities’s allegations and described them as “false accusations.” It additional specified that it has been producing supplies which are important for the upkeep and development of infrastructure similar to airports, highways, and streets for 40 years in conformity with each worldwide and native requirements. Moreover, the US firm clarified that it had by no means acquired an official supply to purchase the land and referred to the Mexican president’s proposal as an “casual appraisal” that underestimates the corporate’s belongings.

The Mexican authorities’s supply to purchase the development firm’s property was initiated by President Obrador as an try to finish a year-long conflict between Vulcan Supplies and the Mexican authorities over the latter’s choice to halt the corporate’s quarrying exercise in Quintana Roo. In March 2022, Mexican authorities shut down Vulcan Supplies’ limestone website, together with port amenities used for delivery operations and accused the corporate of extracting and exporting limestone with out authorized permits. On high of that, a Mexican cement firm known as Cemex, aided by police and army, entered Vulcan Supplies’ port amenities and used it to unload cargo.

Vulcan Supplies filed a case towards the Mexican authorities earlier than a world arbitration panel by way of which it claimed $1.9 billion as compensation for violation of the Mexico-United States-Canada Commerce Settlement (USMCA). The development firm referred to the shutdown choice as an “unlawful occupation of Vulcan’s property” and highlighted that it owns 4 parcels of property that represent its Mexico operation, together with a delivery port. The corporate additionally added that it had purchased the property in 1980 when it was limestone reserve land however, because of its exercise and funding, now features a deep-draft port, maritime infrastructure, freshwater lakes along with reforested vegetation.

Vulcan Supplies additionally alleged in its assertion that the Mexican authorities claims to be involved over the ecological affect of the mining exercise whereas it has been searching for to buy the corporate’s property in an effort to convert it right into a “protected pure space” for use for tourism, cruise ship operations and naval actions.

Though it asserted that it could not settle for the “unlawful expropriation of its investments” in Mexico, Vulcan Supplies stated that it stays open to negotiating a peaceable resolution with the Mexican authorities.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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