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Supreme Court ruling saves flood-threatened pueblos

Residents of Temacapulin rejoiced last Thursday at the news that the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation had blocked plans to flood the town by raising the Zapotillo dam to 105 meters.

Although the official ruling will not be made until next week, the decision was widely reported in the Mexican press and confirmed by numerous state officials. The Supreme Court found that a 2007 agreement to raise the Zapotillo dam from 80 to 105 meters, thus flooding the local communities of Temacapulin, Palmarejo and Acasic, was invalid because then Jalisco Governor Emilio Gonzalez and his Guanajuato counterpart Juan Manuel Oliva had not sought ratification from the Jalisco Congress.

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