MiningWatch Canada presented our findings to the Kemess North Mine Environmental Assessment Joint Review Panel on November 22, 2006, concluding that the Panel "has no choice but to find that the Kemess North Mine project poses serious environmental effects which cannot be mitigated and that are not justified under the circumstances."
In the municipal jurisdiction of El Estor in northeastern Guatemala, Maya Q'eqchi' communities represent more than 90% of the population. They are scattered over an area of nearly 3,000 km2 in more than 100 villages as well as the town of El Estor, totaling over 35,000 persons.
Whether they bother with the Cyanide Code or the UN Global Compact or the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, or contract high-priced public relations consultants, or buy support from naïve NGOs and corrupt local officials, or actively divide communities, or rely on good old-fashioned intimidation, it is clear that most mining companies – from the largest global players to the smallest exploration juniors – are willing to do whatever they can get away with to reward their shareholders with juicy returns.
Short video (3'11") of the July 13, 2006 demonstration by Intag residents in the courtyard of the Ministry of Energy and Mines in Quito, showing the non-violent expulsion of two women who were distributing pro-mining flyers. The blonde is Leslie Brooke Chaplin, who has accused Carlos Zorrilla of assault and theft supposedly committed during this event. The flyer itself is available here as a PDF file.
A Master's program research paper by Shauna Qureshy.
Many exploration companies seek either formal, negotiated agreements or non-negotiated acquiescence from First Nation communities before they begin their exploration programs, and some proceed without acquiescence or agreement.
In 2005-6, Qureshy conducted 33 interviews with junior and major companies and consultants, to test two hypotheses: