Target: Richard T. O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer of Newmont Mining Corporation
Goal: End gold mining project in Peru that will ruin local water resources
The U.S.-based Newmont Mining Corporation is spearheading what will be the largest gold mine in Peru, although locals are desperately protesting the project. The mine will destroy four mountain lakes whose streams provide water for thousands of local farms, representing a vital food and drinking water source. The Newmont Mining Corporation must not continue with this ecologically disastrous project.
The upcoming mining project called, Conga, will destroy almost 12 square miles of fragile wetlands in Northern Peru. The type of mining necessary for this particular project is notorious for producing toxic waste and contaminating local waterways. Peruvians in the area have already suffered from the effects of previous mining efforts, giving them every reason to protest this further insult to the local environment. A recent poll found that 78 percent of residents oppose the Conga project, and this opposition has already inspired violence. Recent protesters of the mine were gunned down by police and military troops, killing five people. Had Newmont listened to local pleas sooner, those lives would not have been lost.
The Newport Mining Company plans to move forward despite the lives already taken and the certain destruction to local agriculture and water safety. Apparently, the thousands of people that will be adversely affected are no comparison to a lust for gold. The American people must take a stand against this greedy corporate giant and insist on responsible action. Sign the petition below, and demand that Richard T. O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer of the Newmont Mining Corporation, end the Conga mining project immediately.
Dear Mr. O’Brien,
I am writing to express deep concerns regarding the Conga mining project in Peru. As you are undoubtedly aware, the gold mine that you intend on spearheading will destroy almost 12 square miles of fragile wetlands, as well as four mountain lakes that are vital for local life. These lakes supply water to thousands of local farmers, and the nearby agricultural communities rely heavily upon them. Although you may plan to eventually replace these lakes with reservoirs, the toxins left from your mining activities will leave these poor substitute resources contaminated and unfit for consumption. Realistically, there is only one possible outcome – the Conga mine will destroy life for thousands of Peruvians.
While this gold mine is obviously a desirable and lucrative business move, I would truly hope that you could place the cost of human life above your own financial gain. As if it isn’t bad enough that we purchase conflict minerals from unscrupulous foreign miners, must we now create this widespread destruction ourselves? Please listen to what the American and Peruvian people are saying. I implore you to stop this disastrous project and leave the people of Cajamarca in peace.
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