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  • WERU News Report 9/17/14

    Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Reporting from El Salvador this week and next, as we accompany an international delegation observing anti-mining activities in the country.

    This week a World Bank tribunal is holding final hearings in a lawsuit a mining company filed against this impoverished country, because they prevented further mining in an attempt to protect the estimate 5% of their water that is not already contaminated. We’ll have more on that on future programs.

    Yesterday we toured the now-closed San Sebastian gold mine in La Union. A village official told us about the impact mining has had there, on the water, land, and health of the community. Catie Johnson of Sister Cities translates:

    We also met with some “artisanal” miners at their camp outside one of the dangerous mining shafts:

    (For full disclosure: Travel expenses were paid through a grant from the Haney Foundation received by the Bangor based group PICA, which coordinates the city sister relationship with Carasque, El Salvador.)

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    Published on September 17, 2014 · Filed under: WERU News Report; Tagged as: , ,
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