In March 2011, initial proposal by Greystar Resources to develop an open pit mine has encountered lots of resistance. Environmentalists stressed the danger of this project. The large use of water during the mining process, would reduce the groundwater supply and as a consequence would lead to the diminishing availability of water for the residents and reduced capacity for cattle-raising and farming .
MARMATO, COLOMBIA -- The preparations for the evening Mass on Jan. 15 in the Church of Santa Barbara in Marmato, a mountainside mining village in central Colombia, were ordinary in every detail but one. Shortly before the service began, the village priest, Fr. Carlos Valencia, threaded his way through a tangle of horses and donkey carts into the town square at the wheel of a battered jeep. As he arrived, the bell in the church tower rang out.
Communiqué: Marmato Defence Committee and Regional Indigenous Council of Caldas (CRIDEC), December 22, 2011
The residents of Marmato detain open-pit mining in their territory, impede the resettlement of their municipal centre and prohibit the demolition of local heritage
With implications for Canadian multinational Gran Colombia Gold's proposed open-pit mine, this communiqué from the Marmato Defence Committee and the Regional Indigenous Council of Caldas (CRIDEC) indicates that the local municipality will now prohibit open-pit mining and resettlement of the historic town centre.
As excavators, heavy haulers and chemical treatment plants dig made-in-Canada mines around the world, Ottawa has taken new steps to ease growing criticism of Canada’s extractive sector.
The Mazamorras Gold mining project, owned by Canadian multinational Gran Colombia Gold, and directed by ex-Colombian Foreign Affairs Minister María Consuelo Araujo, is located between the municipalities of Arboleda and San Lorenzo, in the Department of Nariño, Colombia. The company is currently moving ahead with mining exploration activities, which has led to chaos and confrontation in and around local communities. Given this, we feel obliged to publicly denounce the following, which have occurred as a result of Gran Colombia Gold's presence in the region:
The Colombian Action Solidarity Alliance (CASA) & Latin American & Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN) are inviting you to a workshop exploring the mining boom in Colombia and the responsibility of the Canadian mining industry, and how it exacerbates the violence and social conflict in Colombia.
Jennifer Moore, Mining Watch Canada-Ottawa
A New Report from Peace Brigades International:
Following recent mobilizations against Canadian mining company Gran Colombia Gold, and clashes with between residents and police in Nariño, Colombia, the governor of the department signed an open letter on November 23rd, stating his opposition to open-pit mining on land currently being cultivated by campesinos [small farmers].
Cette soirée est l'occasion d'amasser des fonds en vue de la mise sur pied d'un tribunal populaire sur les activités minières canadiennes !
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