The international Gold mining company Geocom Resources, along with Kinross Gold Corp., both United States based companies are quietly buying up the mineral rights to the Espolon Valley in the heart of the Chilean Patagonia totaling over 91,000 hectares (353 square miles), with over 318 claims in the region X. We are closely watching these developments as Gold mining operations have the potential for incredible environmental devastation, even under the closest regulation. We need your help to insure the environmental assault on South America's Patagonia is brought to the full light of day. We even have a simple email in both Spanish and English prepared for you to help us let everyone know.
Geocom y Kinross Gold Corp., started
quietly investigating the Gold mining possibilities in the Espolon
valley just outside the town of Futaleufu in the Northern part of the Patagonia
several years ago. The project was shelved for several years, and
recently the company has again brought the the project to active
status. They are also currently investigating other mining
opportunities around the Patagonia including copper mines. Every indication is that this
project will seriously go forward as the Gold and other minerals are
relatively accessible, but at the cost of the environment of the
Futaleufu and Espolon river valleys.
Espolon lake, Espolon river, and the Futaleufu river at risk
The Espolon Valley is located upriver
in the tributaries to the Espolon Lake and the river Espolon that
flow in to the Futaluefu river. The location of the proposed mining
operation is on the watershed directly upstream from the town of
Futaleufu approximately fifteen kilometers, in one of the most
environmentally sensitive points in the Patagonia. Ultimately the
Espolon valley watershed flows all the way to the Pacific Ocean,
passing numerous other communities along the way.
Sustainable Development vs. Environmental Destruction
This watershed is also key to the
tourism industry, that has been heavily invested in by such
organizations as the inter-American bank, the Chilean government,
Douglas Tompkins, and others as a means of sustainable development and to protect
the environment of the region. The Espolon lake and river is the
spawning grounds for trout and salmon, a key source of tourism
revenue. The Futaleufu river is World famous as one of the top white
water rivers in the World. Simply the basic disturbances inherent in
strip mining operations, let alone the contamination from toxic chemicals
used in Gold mining operations, will insure the total destruction of
the ecosystem, economy, and will have a serious environmental impact
perhaps as far as the Chilean coast of the Pacific ocean where the
fishing industry would be devastated.
More than 350 Square miles of the Chilean Patagonia at risk
The mining company is buying mineral
rights to approximately 91,000 hectares in the area. Mineral surveyors
that have worked in the area for the company have indicated that it
may be one of the riches deposits of gold ever discovered in Chile,
and perhaps South America. There is also reports of deposits of
Copper in the same area of the Espolon Valley.
already rejected similar projects just across the boarder from
Chile's southern region X, where the Futaleufu river flows across the
boarder and the Espolon river enters the Futaleufu river just about 20 km from the proposed mine.
Environmental Opposition Mobilizing to stop the Gold mine.
groups in Argentina and Chile are forming alliances to help fight the
planed project by Geocom y Kinross Gold Corp, and any subsidiaries of
Geocom y Kinross Gold Corp.
Environmental and other grassroots organizations working to fight the
Gold mine are such local groups as Aguas Libres and the tourism
association of Futaleufu.
It is common for
such international mining operations as Geocom y Kinross Gold Corp.
to build layers of legal and political cover through shell
corporations and subcontractors to avert any responsibility or
liability for the environmental, health, and economic damage caused
by such gold mining operations. This is especially easy for mining
companies to do in developing countries in South America and Latin
America, as bad press rarely reaches home in English. In Chile
Geocom operates under Minera Geocom Resources-Chile Limitada.
The latest news we have from our
contacts in the region near to the situation indicate that the mining
company has held private meetings with the mayors of the four most
effected towns. We are still trying to get information in regards to
what these meetings are about, and will have ongoing updates
regarding Gold and other mining operations in Southern Chile.
How you can help stop this environmental tragedy
So, beyond the long-term issues of
Global Warming in South America, there are many more localized
environmental assaults under way that we need your help to stop. We
very strongly believe it will be the environment in southern Chile
that is the economic future for Chile. The Gold and other minerals
will simply be exported, along with the money to another country or
at least Santiago and stands to only leave behind the environmental
destruction for the local people.
What can you do? Our goal at
this point is to let the World know and to give no cover for Geocom
y Kinross Gold Corp and other mining companies to hide from the
responsibility for this project by shining the brightest public
relations light on the project as possible. We want to make this
environmental attack very public as a warning to any other companies
that may mistakenly view Chile as a place where environmental
exploitation can be hidden away in remote locations and is allowed to occur with impunity.
We wish to start an email campaign to
let the president, and any other government official know that this
is being watched both by Chileans and by the international community.
There will be no middle of the night mining operations opening in the
Chile Environmental Action Letter Instructions:
Please copy the letter below in both
English and Spanish to your own email account, and send it to at
least one of the following addresses. Please only send one email to
each address individually to avoid triggering spam guards on email
servers around the World. We want to insure that your email, and
others emails on the subject get through and in great numbers. It is
the collective response that will gain the attention. You can also fax or snail mail the letter using the addresses and fax numbers on our environmental action mailing list.
Please use the name of the company in
the Subject line, Geocom y Kinross Gold Corp, region X.
Please also forward it to any
environmental group or individuals you believe might be interested in
helping. Please follow this link to our Chile Environmental Action Mailing List with contact information of government officials including links the web forms online you can use and email addresses.
Also join us in our Chile forum to discuss this and other environmental issues regarding Chile .
Here is a link to our selected quotes and source information collected from the SEC filing in the United States and Press releases issued by Geocom.to its share holders regarding the plans for its gold mining projects in the Patagonia and South America.
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To: All Chilean government officials
Re: Geocom y Kinross Gold Corp.,
It has come to our attention that
the Geocom y Kinross Gold Corp., and its Chilean companies are
planning to open Gold mines in the Espolon river valley of the
Chilean Patagonia. We would strongly urge you to not approve or
support this project in any way. This project has the potential to
devastate the environment, the economy, the communities, the regional
tourism industry and salmon industry. It will effect, without any
doubt, the entire Futaluefu and Espolon river valleys and watersheds
in an irreversible manner. Please do not authorize these projects
and protect Chile's future.
Name of Concerned International
Para: Todos los Ministerios,
Direcciones y Departamentos del Gobierno de Chile a quien
Ref: Projecto Geocom y Kinross Gold
Corp. en la Patagonia Chilena
conocimiento que la empresa extranjera Geocom y Kinross Gold Corp.
y sus filiales chilenas están proyectando la explotación
de yacimientos mineros en el Valle del Espolón, en la
Patagonia Chilena. Con el mayor énfasis posible, les
solicitamos consideren no aprobar o endorsar esos proyectos en forma
alguna. Esta iniciativa tiene el potencial de devastar el
medioambiente, la economía, y las comunidades de la Patagonia;
y muy especialmente las industrias regionales de turismo y
salmoneras. De ponerse en marcha afectará sin lugar a dudas la
cuenca y valles de los ríos Futaleufú y Espolón
de una manera irreversible. Les rogamos no autoricen estos proyectos
y protejan el futuro de Chile.
Bachelet, Presidenta de Chile
Velasco Baraona, Ministro del
Harboe Bascuñan, Subsecretario
Serrano Madrid, Subsecretaria de Desarrollo Regional
Frei Ruiz-Tagle, Presidente del Senado
Carlos Ignacio Kushel Silva
Camilo Escalona Medina
Andrés Allamand Zavala
Antonio Horvath Kiss
Adolfo Zaldivar Larraín
Valenzuela, Intendente Región de los Lagos
Soto, Consejero Regional Provincia de Palena
Vera Hvalibota, Consejero Regional Provincia de Palena
Cárcamo, Gobernador Provincial de Palena
Nacional del Medioambiente, CONAMA
Bustos Arancibia, Comisión
Nacional del Medioambiente, CONAMA X Región
Contreras U., Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería,
Aguilera, Servicio Nacional de Turismo
Cardenas Almonacid, Servicio de Cooperación Técnica,
Moreno Rubio, Director Regional Aguas, Los Lagos
Jorge Eduardo Cid
Manríquez, Director Regional, Instituto de Desarrollo
Alcalde Comuna de
Alcalde Comuna de Hualaihué
Concejales Comuna de Huelahiué
Alcalde Comuna de Futaleufú
Concejales Comuna de Futaleufú
Alcalde Comuna de Palena
Concejales Comuna de Palena
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