The deputy of the National Assembly (NA), Virgilio Ferrer requested before the plenary of the parliament to constitute a Special Mixed Commission composed by the permanent commissions of Indigenous Peoples, Energy and Oil and Environment to investigate the exploitation of coal in the Mara municipality of the State of Zulia by the Russian company Minera Vostok.
The proposal, which was unanimously approved, was made by indigenous deputy Virgilo Ferrer, during the ordinary session held Tuesday at the Vidal González Municipal Theater in San Antonio de los Altos, Los Salias municipality, in response to the military takeover of the Federal Legislative Palace by the usurper regime and the PSUV-CLAP faction.
The Zulian parliamentarian denounced that the constitution and environmental laws are being violated in an indigenous zone that protects the headwaters of the rivers that constitute the source of water supply for the city of Maracaibo and the population centers on the eastern shore of the lake.
“Exploiting coal in that area is significantly affecting three major rivers, Cachiri, Guasare and Socuy, which in turn are affluents of the Manuelote reservoir that supplies water to 70 percent of the city of Maracaibo and Zulia state,” he said.
He also mentioned that articles 119, 120, 121 and 128 of the constitution are being violated, which stipulate that the indigenous population must be consulted in order to carry out such exploitation.
He indicated that this Russian company wants to do the same thing that they are doing in the mining area, committing ecocide, genocide, and the destruction of the homeland, handing it over to a foreign company, “who is the most treacherous, the one who hands over the country, or the one who fights to free Venezuela from this dictatorship?”
Finally, he called on the Zulian people and all of Venezuela to defend the national territory, “with this situation they are not only going to end the mining area, but also Maracaibo, the Wuayu people, because it affects Sinamaica and the Orinoco River.”