The governor of Chihuahua, Javier Corral, failed to comply with the negotiations with the federal government agreed on since August 1, where he promised to deliver water through the runoff program for the months of August, September and October.
MILENIO had access to a copy of the proposal for the balanced and transparent extraction of the Rio Grande basin, where a debt of 483.3 million cubic meters is established to cover the volume that remains to be delivered to the United States by the Treaty on Water Distribution Internationals, document in which appears the signature of the governor and the director for North America of Foreign Relations, Roberto Velasco.
The document determines that the payment of the 483.3 million cubic meters will be with 244 million cubic meters of uncontrolled runoff that will reach the hydrometric station of the International Boundary and Water Commission, 117.9 million will be obtained from the El Granero dam. , which adds up to a total of 361.9 million, and the remaining 121.3 million will be contributed by the other five rivers taxed by the treaty.
On September 25, Governor Corral assured that he did not sign any agreement on the payment of the treaty and that he will continue working with farmers and producers in a proposal for a definitive solution with the payment of water from international and national dams, since “nobody he is obliged to do the impossible ”, and questioned why empty his dams to pay for the treaty if there is water in others.
August document signed by Corral and Velasco. (Special)
In an interview for MILENIO, Velasco affirmed that “Governor Corral did not comply with the agreements to which he committed in December with the Ministry of the Interior and again in August; After an effort of dialogue, we made a program of how the entrances to El Granero of other dams and runoff had to occur; he even signed that program ”.
He expressed that the proposal to pay with water from international dams is misleading, because the entity knows that there is a limitation on the supply for human consumption of 14 cities in the north of the country, such as Reynosa, Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Acuña and Piedras Blacks, and pointed out that it retains water illegally.
He affirmed that one of the hypotheses by which Corral decided that “his word was not valid and that he would not continue with the program” has an electoral motivation, so he decided to manipulate the figures to present a version that does not correspond to reality.
He said that it is a matter of avoiding that, due to a whim of a state government to support people who do not have the legal reason, the supply of other cities and compliance with the treaty are put at risk.
“It is the responsibility of the federal government to distribute water equitably and we will continue with that route to comply with our obligations, even if that does not suit the political interests of the government of Chihuahua and annoys Governor Corral, because it is not worth a state to monopolize water from at the expense of others ”.
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