Anti-mining farmers in Peru highlands fear for their water

Outlet: The Washington Post

August 29, 2012

LA ENCONADA, Peru — The farmers who live downstream of what would become Peru’s biggest open-pit gold mine oppose the project, known as Conga, for one simple reason: Water. “Everything would dry up,” says German Sangay, the mayor of Cobayo, if Congas is not halted. The project on 11.5 square miles (more than 3,000 hectares) of highlands in the northern state of Cajamarca would destroy four mountain lakes in order to extract more than 200 tons of gold.