- Published on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 23:13
On the week of March 1, anthropologist Stuart Kirsch from the University of Michigan, Jen Moore from MiningWatch Canada, and Manuel Pérez Rocha from the Institute for Policy Studies travelled to El Salvador to launch the study Mining, Corporate Social Responsiblity, and Conflict: OceanaGold and the El Dorado Foundation in El Salvador.
The study was carried out in collaboration with the International Allies Against Mining in El Salvador and the National Roundtable Against Metal Mining in El Salvador (also known simply as La Mesa). It documents and analyzes OceanaGold’s current activities in the northern department of Cabañas through its El Dorado Foundation. It denounces these activities as deceitful, disrespectful, and dangerous, especially given the company’s multimillion-dollar suit against El Salvador and broad opposition to mining in Cabañas and El Salvador, and recent violence in which four environmental activists were assassinated for their opposition to destructive gold mining. It concludes that the Foundation should be closed and reiterates support for the decade-long struggle in El Salvador to ban metal mining.
- Published on Sunday, 20 March 2016 22:31
Michaela Stubbs: 3CR 855AM Australia
Australian mining company Oceana Gold is suing one of the poorest countries in the world, El Salvador for $300 million after an application to operate a gold mine at the head of the countries' biggest river was rejected in order to protect the countries scarce drinking water. As one of the longest running ISDS cases, after almost seven years the World Bank has still not released a verdict. To give us more detail on the case and tell us about how Australia could face similar cases if the recently signed TPP agreement gets passed by parliament this year is Kevin Bracken from the Maritime Union of Australia. We will also hear and interview with Santos Aguilera at a protest at Oceana Gold offices on Friday 26th February and some excerpts of the speeches made. - hear the interview here
- Published on Saturday, 19 March 2016 22:25
Vidalina Morales, president, Association for Economic and Social Development of El Salvador (ADES) interviewed for The Guardian in response to the murder of Honduran activist Berta Caceres.
I felt indignation and sadness at Berta’s murder. I cried a lot and felt pain.
And it is not a unique case. Through this decade many others have been murdered in Honduras for defending their lands. Here in El Salvador we have had four environmentalists murdered including Dora Sorto who was eight months pregnant. Without a doubt, the struggle to defend our territories and to protect the environment is alive throughout the continent.
With ADES, we have been fighting to stop the introduction of mining projects in Cabañas, and El Salvador, for the last ten years. We are also working with farming communities to change practices in the use of pesticides and foster farming practices that are a sustainable alternative to mining. And, we work on community education campaigns to inform the population about the negative impacts of mining and extractive industries.
Research reveals that right wing parties collaborate with mining companies in the department of Cabanas.
- Published on Monday, 07 March 2016 21:35
By Wilber Ruano: RNES
An investigation by MiningWatch Canada reports that the activities of the El Dorado Foundation, originally established by Pacific Rim in El Salvador in 2005, and now run by OCEANAGOLD, violate the rights of the inhabitants of the department of Cabañas.
Researcher Jennifer Moore stressed that mining companies create foundations to disguise their intentions, but basically are just looking to extract riches at the expense of human rights violations of the inhabitants of the area.
- Published on Monday, 07 March 2016 20:56
By Gloria Orellana - CoLatino
"The activities of the El Dorado Foundation are misleading, are dangerous and show a lack of deep respect for the people of Cabañas and El Salvador," said Jennifer Moore, Coordinator of the Latin America Program Mining Watch Canada, while presenting a joint research document with the National Roundtable against Mining.
The document entitled "Mining, corporate social responsibility and conflict: Oceana Gold and the El Dorado Foundation in El Salvador", establishes that the actions of the foundation have the same objectives of Pacific Rim Mining and its successor OceanaGold which seek to develop a mining project that is controversial due the population density and pollution it would generate.
'Let Us Care for Everyone's Home': The Catholic Church's Role in Keeping Gold Mining Out of El Salvador
- Published on Thursday, 03 March 2016 15:07
A recently published essay by Phd candidate Rachel Nadelman looks at the role of the Catholic Church in the anti-mining struggle in El Salvador.
"A majority of Salvadoran citizens and political leaders alike are opposed to mining, citing the country’s environmental degradation, population density, and limited water resources. Yet opposition to industrial gold mining has not always been the majority position in El Salvador. As recently as the early 2000s, the Salvadoran government, with support from international donors and creditors, pursued metals mining as an opportunity for economic growth. The story of how El Salvador diverged from this extractivist path is multi-faceted. A key element has been the strategic involvement of the Salvadoran Catholic Church. This working paper explores the Church’s influence on the Salvadoran government’s decision to suspend all metals mining. The analysis examines the theological and practical motivations for the Church’s stance on mining. It also describes the strategic actions taken by the Church to promote its position. Ultimately, the involvement of the Catholic Church served to strengthen the grassroots anti-mining movement, to shape the public debate, and to sway the electorate, which proved decisive in the suspension of all industrial metals mining in this country." DOWNLOAD THE STUDY HERE