Target: Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic
Goal: Protect an ecologically-rich mountain from nickel mining.
A diverse mountain habitat is in danger of total destruction by a mining operation. A mining company owns a large portion of the mountain and is currently conducting an environmental assessment for nickel extraction. Local citizens are fighting to make the mountain a national park. It is time to demand the President of the Dominican Republic to save this treasured area from mining excavation and pollution.
Located in the Dominican Republic, Loma Miranda is a mountain that is part of an ecologically-rich mountain range. With a wet, sub-tropical environment, the mountains provide a healthy watershed for the valley’s farmers. A nickel mine is alarming for this region. The mine will cause deforestation and threaten the outlying region with hazardous pollutants. The clouds that keep this area so lush will absorb toxic minerals and rain contaminants onto the region.
According to a poll in 2013, 80 percent of Dominicans support a mining ban at Loma Miranda. From such a strong opposition, the country’s Senate approved a bill to make Loma Miranda a national park. However, the President rejected the bill on the grounds that it would harm the country’s investment interests.
This leader is not concerned about the country’s water quality or natural beauty. Falcondo, the mining company interested in Loma Miranda, has polluted the country before as well as evaded hundreds of millions of dollars of taxes owed to the Dominican Republic. This company cannot be trusted, but all the President is interested in is money. By signing this petition, you are urging President Medina to protect the mountain of Loma Miranda.
Dear President Medina,
Loma Miranda is a coveted mountain that is rich in native plants and wildlife. Citizens of the Dominican Republic demand that this treasured area become a national park. You must stop Falcondo or any other mining company from mining at Loma Miranda. The mine could potentially pollute precious freshwater systems, and the overhead clouds could absorb toxins and rain the pollutants down on the surrounding area. The mine could also contaminate soil by surface water runoff during the region’s frequent downpours.
You can stop the destruction before it happens. Falcondo has contaminated the country before and cannot be trusted with the sensitive area of Loma Miranda. A national park would protect the area’s fresh waterways, ensuring healthy agriculture at the watershed’s basin. I urge you to protect Loma Miranda. Your citizens do not want mining at this mountain. Please preserve the Dominican Republic’s natural beauty.
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