The Burning (Under)Ground

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Posted by ZihuaRob from ( on miércoles, junio 18, 2003 at 14:17:13 :

I've never been a big fan of the Marina Ixtapa Project seeing as they committed ecocide to develop much of the land there by destroying a large mangrove estuary as well as many of its inhabitants. Well it turns out that what was done there in the name of "progress" and "development" is coming back to haunt them. According to an article in today's EL SUR the ground is a-sizzling!

Smelly smoke has been seeping out of large tracts of land commercialized as Club de Golf Marina Ixtapa by the development group Sidek Situr. Many people thought it was the burning garbage from the municipal dump, and hotel owners have been complaining to the municipal authorities to investigate it because their guests were complaining. After three months of investigation they found many areas where there appears to be subterranean combustion taking place, in other word, things are cooking underground!

Yesterday smoke poured out when shallow holes were dug in several places, in spite of the fact that it had been raining for two days. Tree roots and large tracts of shrubland are burned and burning, crabs are cooked underground, and at one of the worst places the topsoil is like oven-baked clay and the smoke and odor burn the eyes and throat.

The subterranean combustion is being attributed to the fact that the developers simply buried over the mangrove wetlands with clay in order to commercialize it.

The burning ground is located at the back end of the Campo del Golf Marina Ixtapa from lots number 23 to 28, but supposedly has not affected the course fairways or greens.

It is simply amazing and disgusting what we do to the Madre Tierra in the name of "civilization" and "progress" when we certainly should know better. If only we weren't such a greedy species. :~(

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