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Monday, April 23

OneWorld Troubled Waters for US Mining Giant in Peru: "But local authorities and organisations warned that this would divert water away from farms and three towns in the area. The diverted river water may also be contaminated by mine wastes and by the naturally acidic rocks and soil in the area, they said." Southern Peru Copper Corp. (SPCC) has long been the cash cow of the local economy of southern Peru so environmental issues are also part of a perennial negotiation to make SPCC leave more capital behind in the region. On the other hand, water rights on the Peruvian coast have always been a zero-sum game: if you get more water, it means less for me. It can be real touchy.

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