Salvadoran Government Stands up against Pacific Rim

Canadian mining company, Pacific Rim, is suing the Salvadoran government in an international investment court, for not granting them a mining permit.

“Past experience with mining companies has demonstrated to us that the country has been, in the past, not very careful in verifying that these projects were developed within acceptable parameters for the environment and our water resources,” said El Salvador’s attorney general, Benjamín Pleités Mazzini.

“People are worried about the lack of capacity to monitor these mines,” said Andrés McKinley, former El Salvador director for Oxfam America, the nongovernmental organization that has taken the lead in organizing opposition to mining here. “People need jobs, but not jobs at any cost.”

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Lisette Lemus for The New York Time

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