- Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 19:34
Andres McKinley : IUDOP-UCA
In the early months of 2016, the Central American University, José Simeón Canas (UCA), in alliance with ADES (Development Association of Santa Marta, Cabañas) and several member organizations of International Allies Against Mining in El Salvador, launched a joint campaign to defend the right of El Salvador to take sovereign measures to defend its natural resources, especially water, and its people against industry initiatives that threaten the highly vulnerable environment of this country.
The campaign, entitled “In Defense of the Right of El Salvador to say NO to Metallic Mining”, includes public forums and debates, workshops, educational initiatives at the community level, media work, the production of educational materials, lobbying of public officials and alliance-building. It is directed at neutralizing on-going efforts of Pacific Rim/Oceana Gold mining companies, in conjunction with their local El Dorado Foundation, to influence the central government, departmental officials of Cabañas, local mayors and communities in the hopes of reversing the current correlation of forces opposed to mining in the department and in El Salvador as a whole (approximately 80% of people most threatened by metallic mining in El Salvador, according to a 2015 poll by the UCA).
- Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 19:08
David Marroquín : El Diario de Hoy
The defense attorney for El Salvador, Luis Parada, said the ruling has been issued and will be released in the coming days.
The resolution of the Pacific Rim law suit against the Salvadoran State could be made public in the middle of August, revealed Luis Parada on Thursday morning.
"The decision has already been issued in English, but has not been given to the parties, until it is translated into Spanish" Parada, who hopes that the decision will be favorable to El Salvador said.
- Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 17:24
Beatriz Calderón : La Prensa Grafica
The bishop also expressed concerns about the outcome of the resolution the will be issued by the ICSID in the dispute betwen Pacific Rim (now owned by OceanaGold) and El Salvador.
The Archbishop of San Salvador, Jose Luis Escobar Alas, urged, once again, members of the Legislative Assembly to approve a law prohibiting mining in El Salvador due to the pollution generated by companies, particularly the damage to the aquifers.
"I do not see why legislators do not approve it, if they are appointed by the people to ensure their rights (...) we are in a wild country where there is no law to put a stop to all this, that must end" he said emphatically.
- Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 16:53
The National Roundtable Against Mining in El Salvador-MNFM- organized the Public Forum "El Salvador: guilty or innocent in the case of mining Pacific Rim/ Oceana Gold", in order to discuss possible scenarios of the ruling that will be issued by the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes-ICSID in regards to the law suit filed by transnational mining company against the Salvadoran state in 2009.
- Published on Monday, 18 July 2016 20:06
Vanessa Linares : El Mundo
The defense lawyer for El Salvador says the Company does not have valid arguments to get a favorable ruling.
The outcome of the final resolution of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), of the World Bank - on the lawsuit filed by Pacific Rim Mining, now Oceana Gold, Vs El Salvador, does not mean that the state will give a concession to operate, said yesterday Luis Parada, the lawyer representing the country in this case.
The mining company demands $250 million from El Salvador for denying an exploitation permit for the El Dorado mine in Cabañas.
- Published on Thursday, 14 July 2016 18:06
Gloria Orellana : CoLatino
Andres Mckinley, representative of the Central American University (UCA) with members of ADES and the International Allies Against Mining in El Salvador demanded a total ban on mining in the country, despite of a potentially negative ruling of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) against the Salvadoran State.
"This lawsuit is unfair, Pacific Rim / Oceana Gold, has sued for 250 million dollar under the ICSID, an agency of the World Bank. The Salvadoran State has spent more than 12 million dollars, in the last seven years, when those resources could have been used for health, education, security, food production," he said.