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Iriasomozap May 29, 2013 10:10 PM
Good afternoon, my name is Iria Somoza Paz. I am a high school student, but with the same interest in this moment to almost all the inhabitants of Galicia (Spain).
Recently it has been approved a mining project in our precious land. Foreign mining companies are going to extract approximately 34 tons of gold from our soil, and when this work is finished they will leave. But what benefits do we get from this proposal?
-392 Acres destroyed.
-4300 Tons of cyanide used during operation
-8400 Tons of arsenic
-17 Tons of contaminated waste
-Sludge with heavy metals that pollute our waters (seas, rivers and aquifers)
-Sterile soils which will not recover in hundreds of years
-Air pollution and desiccation
-Inhabitants-fatal diseases, poisoning, increased risk of cancer by 800%, and birth defects.
Currently they will begin to operate a mine, but it is planned to operate another six more. These mines are located near nature reserves and villages such as Fragas do Eume (internacionaly known), Fonsagrada, Zas, A Coruña, Santa Comba, and Pontevedra.
Our environmental government has accepted the proposal without a previous study of the environmental consequences that this would have on behalf of businesses. Please, it is not our fault to have incompetent politicians. We are witnessing a brutal economic crisis because of their bad policy approaches, and now they want to take the only thing we have left: our nature, our biodiversity, OUR OWN HEALTH AND OUR OWN LIFE!
On our one we can not stop this catastrophe, we need international support. Make this news public, give people the opportunity to sign at: (we need thousands of signatures), and watch this video: . It would be great that international environmental organizations and press would support us, and collaborate with Seraphim, the leader of this campaign. We need to let the world know what is happening in Galicia and we need help now. Thank you for your attention. Together we can stop this disaster.

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EEA Jun 05, 2013 01:46 PM
Dear Iriasomozap,

Unfortunately, this type of support is beyond our working remit. However we want to thank you for letting us know about the situation in Galicia, Spain.

Best wishes