[permaculture] PASCUA LAMA, how do we protest?

John Fritz johnfritz77 at yahoo.com
Sun May 28 14:44:22 EDT 2006

I saw no link or information on how to protest this action.  Where can I send an email to Barrick and the Chilean government to stop this?
  John Fritz, NW Arkansas.

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Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 09:27:01 -0400
From: "Lawrence F. London, Jr." 
Subject: [permaculture] Please Help if you can. Oppose PASCUA LAMA in
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Subject: [SANET-MG] Please Help if you can.
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 07:38:21 -0500
From: Garth & Kim Travis 

The following came in on my aquaponics list this morning. I can find no
reference to this issue on Snopes.com, so I am passing this along. If
this is a hoax, please let me know. If it isn't, please help.
Bright Blessings,

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Subject: Re: [SANET-MG] Please Help if you can.
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 14:45:01 +0200
From: wdl 

This is not a hoax. I heard about this project months ago from a Chilean
guy who lives here in amsterdam.


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

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 noapascualama at yahoo.ca

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 p! rotect 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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