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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Again, armor for Bartlett, the opinion of Raymundo Riva Palacio

The only miracle miners able to escape from the coal pit would be found alive when a torrent of water burst and 10 miners were trapped in the water. Water filling the well of the “Las Conchas” mining complex in Sabinas is just one problem. What officials already know they will find today or tomorrow Thursday when the water level allows rescue are wooden poles that were used in the well, mud and ash that would be difficult to dig for miners to reach. Whatever happens, the result will be the beginning of another difficult road faced by Federal Electricity Commission director Manuel Bartlett.

An investigation by the Attorney General’s office to determine the responsibilities will quickly move to Bartlett, as he is at odds with what is happening in that coalfield. But what is certain is that he is shielded not only because of his more than 40-year relationship with prosecutor Alejandro Gertz Manero, but because of what Bartlett has done since the start of the government to hasten the transfer of regional political control. PRI in the Carboniferous region. To Morena.

The first move to control the region was taken in 2020 by Bartlett, who announced in an interview with Saltillo newspaper that the Coahuila Mining Development Promoter, an intermediary in the purchase and sale of coal from small producers in the Carboniferous region , it will be closed. To supply coal orders, which will then be by direct emissions and without intermediaries by CFE. Thus it eliminated the state government from any relationship with the producers, and assumed a direct relationship with all of them.

To accomplish this, Bartlett changed the price of coal, giving more to small holders and much less to larger producers, according to people familiar with the details of what happened next. By prioritizing small producers, experts in the field explained, they generated “coyotje”. Bartlett said that PRODEME would disappear because it was corrupt, but it caused widespread corruption. Small producers ended up reselling the coal at the bottom of the well to larger producers, who in turn sold it to CFE at a higher cost.

In Bartlett’s design, just over 70 producers were chosen, but in exception to his original decision, he also chose two great people to do the work. The main ones were Tania Flores, Mayor of Mezquiz, and her brother Antonio – better known as “Tony” – who are today the main beneficiaries of CFE contracts. Tania Flores took office this year in the coal-mining municipality she arrived with the flag of Morena.

“Tony” has been the most preferred coal supplier by CFE since the start of the López Obrador government, having received the contract for Minera don Chiloé, where his father Isidro is also a partner, for 255 million pesos. Her sister Tania is also not far behind, as she is one of Parastatal’s main suppliers through Minera Flores de la Carbonifera, which she owns, which in May last year received a contract worth more than 200 million pesos. The mayor, who faced criticism for having received that contract while she was a Murray candidate, protected himself by disappearing shortly after being handed that price, his name missing from the charter.

The other large producer chosen by Bartlett was Fernando Mendoza Bernal, owner of Fervim Engineering, based in Sabinas, and dedicated to the extraction of mineral coal and the collection of hazardous waste. Mendoza, like other large coal producers in that region, has been involved in scandals over its mining management, but to no avail. opposite of this. Mendoza Bernal is currently betting on the future, and is one of the main promoters of Ricardo Mejia Bardeja, the Under Secretary for Security and Civil Protection, one of the strongest contenders for Murray’s candidacy for the government of Coahuila.

There is partial information about the third major producer that Bartlett also chose. Unofficially they identify him as Regulo Zapata Jaime, as noted yesterday, his company Benificio Carboniferos has received contracts from CFE for more than 250 million pesos since 2019. That company has been linked to the tragedy at the “Las Conchas” mine. Where 10 miners are trapped.

The fourth person, although not on Bartlett’s list, who is considered the largest coal producer in that region, is the senator from Murray, Armando Guadiana, who was initially reported as the owner of “Las Conchas”. That mine is not yours, but there are many others. Guadiana Murray has been an important financier of the campaigns, for which he has long had the respectful and grateful treatment of López Obrador, which has allowed him to waive tax debts for more than two and a half million pesos in companies where it appears A shareholder or legal representative.

Bartlett’s design, which effectively gave him control in the Carboniferous region, has been a source of conflict with the governor of Coahuila, Miguel Riquelme, who accused him of neglecting the maintenance of the mine by undercutting prices. To which the Director of CFE replied that he only wanted to protect the interests of the big producers.

Controlling the Carboniferous region is strategic. There are elections for governor next year and Coahuila is where most of the PRI’s oil-rich electoral machinery operates. Bartlett’s role has been fundamental in diverting support and resources from the PRI, relocating them to Murray. This strategic operation is a good shield against an investigation by the Attorney General’s office, which acts politically, before justice.

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