- Published on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 22:47
As Salvadorans debate a mining ban due to pollution concerns, a large mining company has filed suit against the government.
by Jamie Stark*
SAN SEBASTIAN, El Salvador — Vasita Escobar is certain that chemicals from the abandoned gold mine upriver from her house are slowly killing her family.
“This company that has destroyed life, wanted to keep going,” said Escobar, in reference to Commerce Group Corp., a Wisconsin-based outfit that stopped mining for gold in San Sebastian in 2006 after permit difficulties. “My kids never get better—they’re always skinny. They always breathe the river water, they play in there. When I see my kids suffering, I know others’ are too.”
A 2012 study confirmed Escobar’s fears: the river next to her home is contaminated with 9 times the acceptable limit of cyanide, and 1,000 times the acceptable level of iron. Cyanide is part of the chemical cocktail used on such mining sites to separate precious metals from excavated rock, and can run off into land and water.
- Published on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 23:38
A new amicus brief supports human rights and environmental protection in El Salvador’s battle to uphold environmental laws against Pac Rim Mining Corporation’s lawsuit.
By Lily Simon
First published in: http://ciel.org/wordpress_211560016/?p=1681
On July 25, CIEL co-hosted a brownbag lunch discussion featuring Teodoro Antonio Pacheco, a Salvadoran environmental activist who is speaking out against the Pac Rim Mining Corporation’s (Pac Rim) most recent attempt to bypass El Salvador’s environmental protection laws using investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). ISDS has a history of allowing corporations to hold countries hostage for enforcing their human rights and environmental laws.
Resistance against metallic mining in El Salvador commemorates International Day Against Open Pit Mining
- Published on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:07
by Gloria Orellana
"We are here on this date to join millions of voices around the world in protest the mega mining projects" stated Vidalina Morales commemorating the international fight against transnational mining which causes misery and environmental pollution.
The theme of year's International Day was "Against Mega Mining and in Defence of Life and Water", a day that commemorated around the world to advocate for a world free of toxic chemicals causing the destruction of ecosystems, biological corridors and forests.