This is a matter of mining versus life.
In a matter of weeks, the World Bank could decide whether the
tiny Central American nation of El Salvador will have to dish out millions of dollars to mining giant OceanaGold for rejecting its proposed gold mine.
90% of El Salvador's water is contaminated already. And OceanaGold's mine would ruin the country's last remaining clean water.
El Salvador has the right to reject the mine to protect its water and people. But now, the
Canadian-Australian company is suing El Salvador for a whopping $301 million in a World Bank tribunal, under investor laws that allow corporations to shamelessly sue countries.
World Bank tribunal is due to make a decision soon. As a public international institution, it is susceptible to public pressure. If we're going to get it to throw out this case, we need to stand together and show how deeply unpopular this case is.
Sign the petition telling the World Bank to throw out OceanaGold's case!
Allowing OceanaGold to go ahead with the mine could be disastrous. It would pollute El Salvador's last bit of clean water, something the country has been fighting tooth and nail to protect after decades of reckless industrial activity. Without clean drinking water, Salvadorians will be at
risk of waterborne illness and food shortages.
Stopping OceanaGold is not just about helping El Salvador.
If OceanaGold gets its way it could set a dangerous precedent, making it easier for companies to sue countries when their laws or policies hurt profits. That's why we're also working hard to kill two shady international trade deals (TTIP and TPP) that would allow companies to do what OceanaGold is doing to El Salvador.
In this campaign, hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs members have stood with El Salvador from the very beginning -- last year we delivered almost 200,000 signatures to OceanaGold together with our amazing partners. We've also pressured AMP, a huge Australian investment fund and one of the largest investors in OceanaGold to tell the company to drop the lawsuit.
If we're to win this campaign, we've got to take it to the next level. The World Bank will be making a decision imminently.
We need to give one big push to make sure the tribunal stands with the people of El Salvador and throws out this ludicrous lawsuit now.
Ask the World Bank to let El Salvador protect its water from corporate exploitation.
El Salvador groups accuse Pacific Rim of 'assault on democratic governance', The Guardian, April 10 2014.
El Salvadorian Activists Protest TPP-Like Lawsuit: How The Pacific Rim Arbitration Case Is A Preview Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Latin Times, March 19 2015.