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"Sixteen tonnes of sodium cyanide are being used daily, and there is a great risk it could seep into the aquifer."
TORONTO, Jun 28 (Tierramérica) - Residents and activists from the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosí travelled to Toronto to tell the shareholders of a Canadian mining company that their investments are at risk because the billion-dollar Cerro San Pedro gold and silver mine is illegal and environmentally unsafe.
The trip ended Jun. 17 with delegation member Armando Barreiro, a national lawmaker, being roughed up by Toronto police after he had made his presentation before the annual shareholders meeting of Metallica Resources Inc., owner of the open pit mine.
The local people are not opposed to underground or shaft mining, as has been done for hundreds of years. What they overwhelmingly oppose is a huge open pit mine with millions of tonnes of ore being treated in the open with large amounts of cyanide.
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