Posted on November 08, 2013
by Dawn Paley
In rural towns throughout Mexico, life carries on as it has for generations. Sons help their fathers haul wood, women tend to the fire and select seeds, and whole families take part in sowing, caring for and harvesting crops.
Posted on November 05, 2014
An obscure tribunal housed at the World Bank in Washington, DC will decide the fate of millions of people.
At issue is whether a government should be punished for refusing to let a foreign mine operate because it wants to protect its main source of water.
The case pits El Salvador’s government against a Canadian gold-mining company, that recently became part of a larger Australian-based corporation. When OceanaGold bought Pacific Rim last year, it identified the Salvadoran mining prospects as a key asset, although gold prices have sunk by more than a third from their 2011 high of more than $1,900 an ounce.
The case’s implications are chilling. If the company wins, this small country will have to either let the company mine or pay hundreds of millions of dollars.
This summer, we returned to northern El Salvador. That’s where the Pacific Rim mining company started to dig its exploration wells about a decade ago.
Near that disputed mining site, local resident Vidalina Morales explained how she and others came to oppose mining: “At first, we thought mining was going to help us out of poverty through jobs.”
Posted on October 16, 2014
On August 4th the tailings impoundment at the Mount Polley mine failed, releasing 25 million cubic metres of mine waste and construction material into the watersheds below. Some of the waste backed up into Polley Lake, most of it was dumped into the 10km Hazeltine Creek watershed and some spread downstream into Quesnel Lake.
Posted on February 06, 2014
Kamloops, The Kamloops Area Preservation Association, February 5, 2014 - The undersigned demand the resignation of the BC Minister of Mines, Bill Bennett who recently went to Ottawa in an attempt to persuade the Federal Minister of the Environment, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, to ignore the recommendations of the Review Panel to decline the application for Taseko’s Prosperity Mine near Williams Lake, BC.
Posted on October 02, 2013
by John Gellard
“May I come to the meeting?”
“Yes. All supporters are welcome.”
It’s August 17, 2013. I’m in the cooking tent at the Tahltan Beauty Camp on the flanks of Mount Klappan. The women are preparing a moose. They have wrapped a giant femur – just the bone – in foil and are putting it over a slow fire.
Posted on August 31, 2012
Across the Philippines, people held rallies, made YouTube videos, and organized petitions demanding justice for Dr. Gerry Ortega and the fulfillment of his dream – Never Mine Palawan. Now they are looking for international support to preserve this beautiful island’s environment.
by Joe Foy
Staring through the blur of tree trunks that lined the road as we bumped along in our van, I could see a massive sevenstorey high chunk of limestone rising from a rice field.
I was on the island of Palawan in the Philippines, on a trip this past January to reconnect with family and to learn a little more about the nation where my wife was born.
Up ahead, we turned off the road onto a side track that a wooden sign identified as the way to Ugong Rock.