Ramírez v. Copper Mesa & TSX

Plaintiff Defendants

Stopping International Human Rights Abuse Committed by Canada’s Mining Industry

Potential Impacts of Mining In Intag

What The Junín Area Looks Like Now:

What The Junín Area Might Look Like After Mining:

Copper Mesa concession Copper Mesa concession with a mine superimposed
This is a satellite image of what the Junín mining property looks like now.  This area is among the most ecologically diverse areas on earth.  It is also home to several villages. This is what Junín might look like if the proposed open pit copper mine was built, complete with a tailings pond filled with toxic mine waste.  This satellite image of an actual open pit copper mine and tailings pond from Chile has been superimposed on the Junín property concession to scale.

JaguarToucanSocial and Environmental Impacts of Mining

According to an Environmental Report prepared in 1996 and submitted by Copper Mesa to Ecuador’s Ministry of Energy and Mines in 2004, mining in the Intag area would result in:
-    Relocation of an estimated four communities containing over 100 families
-    Massive deforestation within the mining property
-    Desertification of the surrounding area caused by the massive deforestation

The study also concluded that mining would impact dozens of species of animals, including more than a dozen species of mammals and birds threatened with extinction.

Many threatened and rare species live in this area, including
Jaguars, Spectacled Bears, Mountain Tapirs, and the critically endangered Brown-headed Spider Monkey.

Interactive Map of the Junín Property

View Junin Project in a larger map