Posted just this morning on the Facebook page of Citizens Concerned about the proposed Penokee mine is a potentially game changing article from a Spanish publication, lainformacion.com, suggesting that Gogebic Taconite president Bill Williams may be wanted in Spain for crimes against the environment and damage to public property. Here’s the Google translation directly from the Facebook page:
The seventh Section of the Audiencia Provincial de Sevilla has dismissed the appeal filed by three executives of the mining company Cobre Las Cruces, charged with a crime against the environment and other damage to public property for the alleged illegal construction of rafts with contaminated water, groundwater drawdown illegal and contamination with arsenic-Posadas aquifer Gerena (Sevilla), reserved for human consumption.
This court affirmed, in an order dated November 8, imputation of François Fleury, Bill Williams and Peace Cosmen, at the request of the Prosecutor for the Environment and Ecologists in Action, as the NGO said Monday.
In this car, the Audiencia Provincial de Sevilla validates the valuations provided by the prosecution, concluding that “the alarm about high levels of arsenic have begun just after the operation,” and that “the aquifer is used for irrigation and times of drought is intended even for human consumption. “
It also considers that the Court of Instruction No. 19 Sevilla follows that the Guadalquivir River Basin detected in 2008 “arsenic concentrations much higher” than those established in Royal Decree 140/2003 laying down health criteria are established quality of water for human consumption.
Ecologists in Action in 2008 reported the incident to the Office of Environment by “ecological attack that was occurring, with serious risk of crop contamination and the health of the people.” The prosecution submitted their complaint calling for the immediate cessation of drainage and Reinjection System (RDS) groundwater applied by Cobre Las Cruces.
The environmental organization said the Canadian François Fleury was ousted as CEO of Cobre Las Cruces in 2010, the U.S. Bill Williams left the management of the mine in January 2011 and Peace Cosmen remains responsible for environment and attorney for the company. “We demand that appropriate for the accused Williams Fleury and do not escape the action of the measures taken Justice Spanish, “he said.