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  • 14 Oct 2013- 10:12 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador The National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining in El Salvador (MESA), a coalition of environmental, community and human rights organizations, released a statement late last week condemning the attempted assassination of
  • 10 Oct 2013- 10:05 by Local Press Report KINSHASA Bloomberg The Democratic Republic of Congo is open to more investors joining three groups of companies bidding to construct the $12 billion Inga 3 hydropower project, Energy Minister Bruno Kapandji said. “We’re open to other operators” joining the
  • 15 Aug 2013- 10:03 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador Salvador Menéndez, the mayor of San Luis Talpa municipality, near El Salvador's capital of San Salvador, last week called on the country's attorney general to investigate whether abandoned chemicals are damaging the
  • 8 Aug 2013- 10:01 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala Canadian mining giant Goldcorp last week announced it has suspended its Cerro Blanco gold mine project in Guatemala, citing an unfavorable global financial context for investing in metal mining. The mine site is located in
  • 13 Jun 2013- 10:24 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador The Catholic Church of El Salvador last week called on the international community to press for a ban on Canadian miner Goldcorp’s Cerro Blanco Mine in neighboring Guatemala, citing threats to the local water supply. “We cannot
  • 10 Jun 2013- 10:20 by Local Press Report SAN SALVADOR The Guardian A battle against a metal mining industry that has ravaged freshwater supplies in El Salvador shows just how difficult it is for a developing country to build economic alternatives for a water-secure future. Two mining companies are
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo this weekend announced plans to move forward with construction of the Grand Inga Dam, which once complete will be one of the world’s largest.
  • Tibet’s vast mineral resources are necessary for China’s environmental growth, but Tibetan activists say Chinese mining activities have not taken environmental protections seriously, resulting in degradation and pollution of water sources.
  • Ecosystems in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have already suffered damage due to exploitation of resources, and plans for large dams will only increase the level of damage, according to more than 200 experts who attended at a forum in Ca Mau province this past weekend.
  • The Laotian government last week invited journalists to the site of the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam for tours, interviews, and the release of a report all claiming that the Mekong River dam will not harm the basin’s environment, because potential issues will be mitigated through design and construction.
  • If the hydropower projects planned within the Mekong River basin are completed, they will accumulate as much as 16 percent of the river’s water volume, or 475 billion cubic meters a year, according to Dr. Chu Thai Hoanh of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
  • The Catholic Church of El Salvador this week asked the Guatemalan government to halt the Cerro Blanco mining project due to pollution concerns.
  • Laotian authorities last week signed an updated eight-year-old deal with Russian investor Regional Oil for construction of three hydropower projects on Mekong River tributaries.
  • El Salvador has claimed a gold and silver mine in Guatemala would pollute the water quality of its essential Lempa River, which provides 37 percent of the country’s drinking water. The government of El Salvador is now calling on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) to pressure Guatemala to halt Goldcorp’s Cerro Blanco mine.
  • Ministers from member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and donors started a two-day meeting in Luang Prabang Laos on January 16. The meeting comes two months after Laos launched a major dam project on the trans-boundary river despite MRC objections, but Cambodia and Vietnam, the two downstream countries that stand to suffer the most from the dam, have not asked to have the issue raised at the meeting.