Valle de San Felix rivers in jeopardy - Mountain Buzz

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Old 06-22-2006   #1
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Valle de San Felix rivers in jeopardy

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Cheers from across the pond,


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, 2006. 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 specially 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 gramme 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 Interior. 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

[email protected] 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 Felix Valley 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.

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Old 06-22-2006   #2
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Possibly other sides of the story???

The real issue is that companies would not be mining nearly as much gold if it wasn't for ridiculous uses of gold for "BLING". I have problems with some mining operations, I do not own any jewelry or other items of gold and never will, some gold will allways need to be mined for things like electronic devices but as long as there is someone willing to strap something yellow and shiny around their neck this will go on, how about a shot of Goldschlager. I don't know you or how you live but I have seen many people around town in Boulder talking about how horible mining is while they have a big fat wedding ring, or an arm full of bracelets or ropes around their necks. It's easy to condemn the corporation, but without customers they wouldn't be there. Anyway, that is all I have to say for now..
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