TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2010-10-06 Estrella de Panamá
ERNESTO A. QUIJADA DÍAZ
We all know the attacks the mining industry in our country have been suffering start in the chambers of some groups “opposed to everything”, whose professional selfishness deny all the Panamanians their right to a better life, the State to receive more income, our farmers and indigenous people to achieve a better quality of life, and, therefore, to elevate Panama to the level of the countries rich in mineral deposits which maintain their economies.
Our country is between the nations with deposits to be exploited, helping the development of Mankind. For this reason, the State is interested in attracting large mining companies that apply modern technology and comply with rigorous protocols that regulate the subject, to settle in Panama and generate wealth, progress, and sustainable growth.
In its eagerness to settle the mining exploitation, the government is granting joint ventures to make it more appealing to those companies to come. At the same time, however, there have appeared a few characters that are determined to demonize the extraction of minerals in the already proven deposits within our geographical limits; characters that have appeared to receive donations from the already established companies, who deny accepting new competitors in the market; characters that have traveled, for many years, roads where they have taken economical advantage of their actions; they are taking sinister messages to our farmers and indigenous people, so they oppose to the development of our mineral wealth.
So we see that, the opposition is based on the repetitive lies of those who don’t truthfully know the mining regulation and the advantages that it brings, including the elevation of the quality of life, education and health, and social development. They call themselves environmentalists, but in truth, they turn out to be whiners.
Environmentalist is someone who seeks for the fulfillment of agreements and international treaties that apply to guarantee the existence of the future generations. A true environmentalist is someone who makes us leave a clean world, with less pollution and damages to the ozone layer, less wear to the hydraulic resources, less damage caused by the sun which is burning great extensions of land.
One of the instruments used by the ones trying to stop the development of the mining industry an article published in La Estrella de Panama by engineer Eduardo Esquivel, assuring Europe approved a resolution that forbids the use of cyanide in mining in all the nations belonging to that continent.
Truth is the European Commission, Executive body of Europe, dismissed the proposal presented by the Parliament on May 5th of this year. Its resolution stated “that a general prohibition of the use of cyanide in mining is not justified from an environmental or health standpoint.” The resolution was proclaimed by the European Commissioner of the Environment Janes Potoenik, Slovenian.
In their visit, the European Commission of the Environment stated the current law on the subject includes accurate and strict requirements that ensure an adequate level of security in the management of waste. Establishing the limits of cyanide storage as rigorous as possible and being involved in the practice of the destruction of the used cyanide. Potoenik added that the general prohibition of cyanide will cause several existing mines that operate under high security conditions to close.
All the information in Esquivel’s article is then discarded, since the resolution concludes indicating “they will follow up closely the technological advancements in the area, with the purpose of ensuring the best available techniques are applied”
Another lie has been exposed; the Panamanian people already understand that those who call themselves environmentalists are actually vocational instigators, who have found a profession that gives them economical advantage by opposing mining development. Those characters are trying to fool our farmers and indigenous people, pushing them to be the head of their activities, making them close streets in demonstration and marching in opposition to mining, which helps them to continue receiving large sums of money from their sponsors.