Chilean Communities & CSOs Urge US Ex-Im Bank to Reject Pascua Lama mine

(Halifax Initiative, Ottawa, 10 May 2010) The Pascua Lama project company, Canada's Barrick Gold, has taken a number of actions that have caused significant environmental, social and human rights impacts, and that undermine Chilean institutions and laws. These actions threaten the last remaining fertile valley in the Atacama Desert, an area that is inhabited by seventy thousand people, whose well-being is directly linked to the thriving agricultural economy. Moreover, these actions raise serious doubts regarding the company’s compliance with Ex-Im Bank policies.