Posted in Your News Wire on April 22, 2016
Local activists in Peru have forced Newmont, the second-largest gold mining corporation in the world, to abandon its $5 billion Conga copper and gold mining project.
Indigenous Peruvians say the conga mine project, which was intended to replace the nearly-depleted Yanacocha gold mine nearby, threatens the local environment
At the forefront of the local resistance was Máxima Acuña de Chaupe, a 47-year-old grandmother who lives off a plot of farmland in Peru’s northern Cajamarca region, an area that would have been used by Newmont to drain a nearby lake to collect mining byproducts.
Having secured a victory, Acuña said she has just one more wish: “I want to return to the peaceful life I had on my land with my family for almost 20 years.”