Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources says all seven sections of the Maya Train have an approved environmental impact study.
Before Senate committees, María Luisa Albores, Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources, defended the project. She says all seven sections have MIAs approved by Semarnat.
Albores said that the Maya Train “is the work with the most wildlife crossings at the national level, 466 wildlife crossings will be built on its route that will avoid the fragmentation of ecosystems, it will have more than 1,000 transversal drainage works, so there will be continuity in the biological corridors and superficial hydrological flows.”
She insisted that all the environmental impact studies exist. There were more than 25,000 pages that she made available to legislators.
“Currently, all sections of the Maya Train have an authorized environmental impact statement, as part of the conservation project, Semarnat established various conditions, including the implementation of a series of comprehensive water management programs, air quality, monitoring and follow-up, soil conservation and restoration, flora management and reforestation, and rescue and relocation of species,” she explained.
However, PAN Senator Xóchitl Gálvez, said that a country cannot be well in environmental matters if the budget of organizations in charge of environmental care is reduced. “A country cannot be well where the chief executive calls pseudo environmentalists to people who defend the Selva Maya” and questioned that the work of the Maya Train began without an executive project and a real consultation among the affected communities.