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Latin American Update

Published by MAC on 2006-03-06


Latin American Update

6th March 2006

While Doe Run was reducing toxic emissions in the US, it was "ramping" them up in PERU - yet another confirmation of the unacceptable practices of this US company, at La Oroya.

In CHILE, the compromise reached with Barrick, over the Pascua Lama project, now faces a legal challenge which could be the first of many to come.

Global Response's latest action alert calls for worldwide protests against exploitation of coal-rich Indigenous territory in VENEZUELA

XSTRATA - the world's biggest exporter of thermal coal - digs itself a stake in the notorious El Cerrejon mine in COLUMBIA.

Fallout continues from last months' MEXICAN coal mine disaster, with accusations, and counter accusations, over the role of Grupo Mexico, the government and trade union leaders themselves.

Customarily, mining companies present their projects in terms of future promise. But, as demonstrated by a sobering account of what followed Rosario's departure from HONDURAS, in many cases nobody remembers what the promise was originally about...

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