Toronto – Today, dozens of organizations from Canada, El Salvador and around the world will confront Canadian-Australian mining company Oceana Gold, whose subsidiary is suing El Salvador for $301 million (USD). El Salvador’s offence: refusing to a grant a permit to a gold mine that would contaminate 60 per cent of the population’s drinking water.
Toronto-based Belo Sun Mining Corp. plans to build Brazil's largest gold mine, the Volta Grande open-pit gold project.
Photo: Barlow speaking at the opening evening last night. Photo by Abdul Pirani.
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow tweets:
Even before former guerrilla commander Salvador Sánchez Cerén is inaugurated as President of El Salvador, his administration is saddled with an unnecessary $301-million liability – a lawsuit over El Salvador's refusal to allow an environmentally perilous gold mine to be built.
International civil society organizations – including the Blue Planet Project and the Council of Canadians – have released a new report that calls on Canadian-Australian firm OceanaGold to "respect the democratic process i