Court grants provisional suspension to Tren Maya; Three resign from Semarnat

three directors of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) they presented their resignation to the dependency, informed the newspaper Reforma.

A source from Semarnat itself told the newspaper that those who will stop working as of May 15 are the Director of Environmental Impact, Juan Manuel Torres Burgos; the Director of Air Quality and Emissions RegistryAdolfo Cimadevilla Cervera and the Director of Comprehensive Management of Materials and Risky ActivitiesRicardo Ortiz Conde.

The casualties occur in the context of the demands that they continue with the Environmental Impact Statement for the construction of Maya Trend.

The last time Torres Burgos signed a provisional permit for this work it was in November 2019, where it allowed to start the works of the leg 5 that would run from Cancun to Tulum.

According to the Environmental Impact Statementonly conditionally authorized the one corresponding to the Phase I from Palenque to Izamalin November 2020.


Because there is no Environmental Impact Statement (MIA) a federal court in Mérida, Yucatán, confirmed the provisional suspension of the works carried out section 5 south of Maya Trend that goes from Playa del Carmen to Tulum.

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Unanimously, the Collegiate Court on Labor and Administrative Matters of the Fourteenth Circuit determined temporarily stop the work of the flagship project of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The suspension has the effect that “any act that has as its purpose the continuation of the construction of the leg 5 South of Maya Trend, so that the execution of works related to its construction, infrastructure, removal or destruction of the biodiversity of the land or any other activity that implies its execution is not allowed.

The original suspension was granted by the judge Adrian Fernando Novelo, judge District First in Yucatan, who in parallel will decide whether to convert the provisional suspension ultimately the same that would be in force during the entire process of the amparo trial, or until the government presents a MIA obligation established in the General Law of Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection.

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It is worth mentioning that the judge Novelo Perez has granted at least two other provisional suspensions against the section 5 south of Maya Trendone of them granted on April 29 and which includes the suspension of the section 5 North that includes from Cancun to Playa del Carmen.

The original plan for the construction of the section 5 of the Maya Trend It was contemplated that this would pass over highway 307, but due to the intervention of hotel businessmen in the area, the government made the decision to build the train five kilometers into the jungle, which caused various protests that led to the processing of various injunctions to stop the works.

Among them, the campaign save me from the trainwhich gained strength at the end of March supported by celebrities such as Eugenio Derbez and Natalia Lafourcadewho through a video denounced that the construction of the Maya Trend in the jungle of Quintana Roo will put plant and animal species at risk, as well as the underground rivers and cenotes in the area.

For this reason, the grouping Defending the Right to a Healthy Environment (DMAS) and a group of divers filed an injunction to suspend the works on the section 5 on.

In early May, the president López Obrador quoted celebrities who oppose the Maya Trend to a dialogue at the National Palace, which he canceled at the last minute and changed it for a presentation to defend the project.

Given this, environmentalists and activists protested outside the presidential building and demanded the opening of a dialogue to present their points of view and, above all, warn of the risks of the work and the lack of MIA for section 5 north and south.

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