Haiti goldrush amidst poverty

This video from the USA says about itself:

31 May 2012

Democracynow.org – After years of rumors that mining companies were exploring in Haiti, Canadian and U.S. corporations now confirm they have permits to mine gold in more than 1,000 square-miles in northern Haiti. Haiti’s new prime minister says the estimated $20 billion worth of minerals in Haiti’s hills could help liberate it from dependency on foreign aid, and rebuild from the devastating 2010 earthquake. But many worry the mines will be a boom for foreign investors and a bust for local communities. We speak to Jane Regan, lead author of “Gold Rush in Haiti: Who Will Get Rich?” The report by Haiti Grassroots Watch was published Wednesday in The Guardian and Haïti Liberté.

By Jane Regan, Haiti Grassroots Watch:

Gold Rush in Haiti! Who Will Get Rich?

Thursday, 07 June 2012 09:19

There’s a gold rush in Haiti.

But a new investigation from Haiti Grassroots Watch reveals that the public has been mislead by reports in the media and by certain statements from mining companies and Haitiian government officials.

The gold rush that has been quietly shaping up over the past several years promises to produce some $20 billion in wealth, but where will the money go? Who will get rich? And at what cost?

A ten-month investigation by a team of students, journalists and community radio members made startling discoveries, like:

• Almost 1,500 square miles (about 2,400 square kilometers) of Haitian territory – 15 percent of the country – are already under research, exploration or exploitation licenses or “mining conventions” controlled by US and Canadian firms.

• Eurasian Minerals, one of the firms, has collected 44,000 samples alone.

Newmont Mining, the world’s Number 2 gold producer and operator of the largest pit mine in the Americas, is heavily invested with Eurasian, and is considering at least five possible mine sites.

• Haiti’s former Minister of the Economy and Finances is now a paid consultant for Newmont.

• Two Haitian ministers recently signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” with Newmont and Eurasian that says – in violation of Haitian law – Eurasian and Newmont can begin drilling at one of their exploration sites. Haitian legislation states no drilling can occur without a mining convention.

• With only a handful of operating vehicles and geologists on its staff, the state mining agency lacks the means to supervise the drilling and research happening across the country’s north.

• Nobody appears to be telling the communities in Haiti’s north what is going on, and what deals have been made behind closed doors.

Watch this video we made the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, who supported this investigation.

UN Should Get Rid of Cholera Epidemic That It Brought to Haiti: here.

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