Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Chile vs Gold extraction - which would you prefer ?

Dear friends who care about our earth. Judge for yourself if you want
To take action.

In the Valle de San Felix, the purest water in Chile runs from 2
rivers, fed by 2 glaciers.

Water is a most precious resource, and wars will be fought for it.

Indigenous farmers use the water, there is no unemployment, and they
Provide the second largest source of income for the area.

Under the glaciers has been found a huge deposit of gold, silver and
other minerals. To get at these, it would be necessary to break, to
destroy The glaciers - something never conceived of in the history of
the world - and to make 2 huge holes, each as big as a whole mountain,
one for extraction and one for the mine's rubbish tip.

The project is called PASCUA LAMA. The company is called Barrick Gold.

The operation is planned by a multi-national company, one of whose
members is George Bush Senior.

The Chilean Government has approved the project to start this year,

The only reason it hasn't started yet is because the farmers have got a
temporary stay of execution.

If they destroy the glaciers, they will not just destroy the source of
especially pure water, but they will permanently contaminate the 2
rivers so they will never again be fit for human or animal consumption
because of the use of cyanide and sulphuric acid in the extraction process.

Every last gram of gold will go abroad to the multinational company and
Not one will be left with the people whose land it is. They will only
be left with the poisoned water and the resulting illnesses.

The farmers have been fighting a long time for their land, but have
been forbidden to make a TV appeal by a ban from the Ministry of the

Their only hope now of putting brakes on this project is to get help
From international justice.

The world must know what is happening in Chile. The only place to start
changing the world is from here.

We ask you to circulate this message amongst your friends in the
following way.

Please copy this text, paste it into a new email adding your signature
And send it to everyone in your address book. Please, will the 100th
person To receive and sign the petition, send it to
noapascualama@yahoo.ca to be forwarded to the Chilean Government.

No to Pascua Lama Open-cast mine in the Andean Cordillera on the
Chilean-Argentine frontier.

We ask the Chilean Government not to authorize the Pascua Lama project
To protect the whole of 3 glaciers, the purity of the water of the San
FelixValley and El Transito, the quality of the agricultural land of
the region of Atacama, the quality of life of the Diaguita people and
of the whole population of the region.


Tea and Books, etc said...

Sigh, tried to post this message 3 times (using Safari, IE, Firefox) and none of them posted. Anyway...

Thanks, Mummified, for bringing this to my and the blogsphere's attention. I've posted the entirety of the letter at my blog as well, and verified that this is a true story at scopes.com.

The URL is: http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/pascualama.asp. I posted the entire URL rather than a qqqqquick link so that anyone can see it at a glance.

Tea and Books, etc said...

Good grief! No idea why there were so many q's in "quick." Sorry!

The Phosgene Kid said...

Silly Chilieans, as if their country doesn't suck enough already they are going to rape the good parts.

Those Bush's are real world rapers. I think the wrong president is on trial in Iraq.

mummified said...

Thank you both for your comments. I notice that Seb has also taken the time to create a post on it so am happy that the info has been disseminated. Am not against mining per say, just want responsible behaviour that doesn't take advantage of the politically weak