Sunday, April 17, 2005

Barrick Gold’s Pascua Lama Project

Dear friends, in organizations and networks,

In the highest reaches of the South American Andes, on the border of Chile and Argentina, there are eternal snow glaciers of the purest water in the world. One of these, in Pascua-Lama, in the Huasco region of Chile and the San Juan region of Argentina, will be soon destroyed unless we act quickly.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Pascua Lama Project(Taken from “Exile of the Cóndor: Transnational Hegemony on the Border: the Mining Treaty Between Chile and Argentina” – Moon, Padilla and Alcayata, Santiago, 2004)

Pascua Lama is a mining project consisting of the open-pit exploitation of a deposit of gold, silver and copper ore and its processing to produce doré (gold and silver) and copper concentrate.

Monday, December 13, 2004

Support the people of the Huasco Valley in northern Chile by sending e-mails (see text below) to:

The President of Chile opinion(at)
The Chilean Parliament and Senate: presenst(at), presicam(at)

This campaign will end January 6, 2005.

Saturday, December 27, 2003

On November 6, 2003, Greenpeace International released its report "Noranda: from Canada to Patagonia, a Life of Crime".

To mark this event, Greenpeace Canada built a 12 foot by 8 foot dam and put it outside of the Noranda/Brascan offices in Toronto. A four-piece Chilean band played next to the dam and hundreds of leaflets about the proposed Alumysa aluminum smelter in Chile were given to passers-by on Bay Street.

Friday, September 19, 2003

The “No-Alumysa” campaign is celebrating as Noranda’s proposed Alumysa aluminum smelter in southern Chile is put on hold indefinitely.

Monday, August 11, 2003

August 11, 2003 - In a recent visit to Patagonia, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos made a strong public statement against Canadian Noranda Inc.’s proposed Alumysa aluminum smelter in the fragile region of Chacabuco Bay in the Aisén region of Patagonia, Chile.

Tuesday, June 3, 2003

MiningWatch Canada, in coordination with the Halifax Initiative, hosted Chilean activist Peter Hartmann from February 22nd to March 7th. Peter comes from Aysén in Chilean Patagonia, and is fighting Noranda’s proposed $2.75 billion Alumysa aluminum smelter.

Sunday, February 23, 2003

Peter Hartmann, a Chilean environmentalist and opponent of a planned new aluminum smelter in Patagonia, will be visiting Canada in late February.

Friday, January 10, 2003

A report by the NGO Working Group on the EDC (of which MiningWatch is a member) reveals that a Crown Corporation, Export Development Canada, may be helping to finance a number of projects under development by Canadian companies without the necessary environmental and social due diligence. EDC continues to hide the environmental and social risks of its investments from the public, despite a report from the Auditor-General calling for disclosure and transparency.

Sunday, May 12, 2002

Report from an international conference organised by CERLAC (the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York University) and MiningWatch Canada, held in Toronto on May 9-11, 2002. This report was prepared by Tim Clarke and published as part of the CERLAC Colloquia Papers Series.