Glacial Illusion

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, fedby 2 glaciers. Water is a most precious resource, and wars will befought for it. Indigenous farmers use the water, there is no nemployment, 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 destroytheglaciers – something never conceived of in the history of the world -and tomake 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,
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 ofspecially pure water, but they will permanently
contaminate the 2 rivers sothey will never again be fit for human or animal
consumption because of the use of cyanide and sulphuric acid in the extractionprocess.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 llnesses.

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 helfrominternational justice. The world must know what is
happening in Chile. Theonly place to start changing the world is from here.
We ask you to circulate this message amongst your
friends in the
way. Please copy this text, paste it into a new email
adding your
and send it to everyone in your address book. Please
will the 100th
to receive and sign the petition send it to to
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 protect the whole of 3 glaciers, the purity of thevwater of the San
FelixvValley and El Transito, the quality of theagricultural land of the
regionb of Atacama, the quality of life of the Diaguita people and of the whole
population of the region.


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