Theft of Petrous Material from the Laja River
By Jesús Aguado
The extraction of petrous materials from the Laja River is prohibited, according to the Delegate of the National Commission of Water in Guanajuato, Humberto Carlo Navarro de Alba. In spite of the prohibition, neighbors have complained that there is not only extraction of materials, but also destruction of the flora and fauna.
It seems that the neighbors on the river between La Cienguita and the Banda rural communities have this problem annually, and the authorities do not pay attention to it. Now the residents of the area have advised Atención that for the past two months, dozens of hoppers have left the river charged with sand and gravel. The neighbors told Atención that they wanted to remain anonymous because they are afraid of what that organization would do against them, but they assured that they are very concerned about the destruction that the extraction is causing in the area.
In an interview with Atención, Navarro de Alba made it clear that the theft of petrous materials is a constant at the Laja River, but in some cases the CONAGUA (National Commission of Water) has been able to file criminal complaints against those responsible. “There is not a single concession for extracting materials along the 133 kilometers of the Laja River. But there are unethical people who illegally extract the materials.” He assured that at the CONAGUA there are at least 20 complaints for the thefts and for legally act against those responsible, people need to denounce. “I invite people to denounce these cases,” he said.
The delegate said that if there are extractions, people can file their complaints at CONAGUA by calling this number 014 61 159 9500, extension 1201. “I personally take the calls,” he concluded.