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Corporate Criminals in Oaxaca

Update: more information on the exploitative process which values natural resources more than the lives of campesin@s.

A list of US, Canadian and European corporations profiting from death and repression in Oaxaca. These US, Canadian and European companies play a major role in propping up Oaxaca’s bloody regime.

November 21st, 2006 – evil writes: These companies do business in Oaxaca with the corrupt PRI government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz and under Plan Puebla Panama. They are part of the repression and they need to be held accountable! They need to divest or face up to the crimes against humanity and against the people of Oaxaca that they play a major part in by propping up the corrupt regime of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz and the PRI. We know the truth. Start hitting these bastards where it hurts until the killing stops in Oaxaca, for justice and for Brad.

Take action locally, December 1-4, 2006!

These companies do business in Oaxaca with the corrupt PRI government of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz, and they need to be held accountable! They need to divest or face up to the crimes against humanity and against the people of Oaxaca that they play a major part in by propping up the corrupt regime of Governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz and the PRI.

Here’s a particularly egregious example…Rio Tinto’s subsidiary Kennecott has a history of illegal uranium extraction in Oaxaca, was fined and had its license canceled yet still operates in Oaxaca.

Rio Tinto PLC
6 St James’s Square
London SW1Y 4LD
United Kingdom
Tel. +44-171-9302399
Fax: +44-171-9303249

Rio Tinto Ltd.
33rd Floor
55 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC, 3001
Tel. +61-3-92833333, Fax: +61-3-92833707


Rio Tinto’s subsidiary Kennecott was fined for illegally mining uranium in the Loxicha region in southern Mexico’s Oaxaca state. Its license was canceled (in 2001). Under Mexican law, uranium extraction and processing is the sole prerogative of the state. Kennecott carried out surface exploration and drilling on three concessions in Oaxaca, named Elvira I, II and III until October 1999. (unomásuno, Dec 18, 2001) Source.

Kennecott Exploration was the subsidiary responsible and continues to have links with the state government of Oaxaca and Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.

Main corporate office:
Kennecott Exploration
224 N 2200 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Tel. (801) 238-2400
Fax (801) 238-2480

USA / Mexico office: (outside of Tucson, AZ)
Kennecott Exploration
10861 N Mavinee Dr # 141
Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Tel. (520) 544-8173

Continuum Resources Ltd., a Canadian mining corporation, which “holds in excess of 70,000 hectares of exploration ground in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Included in the property portfolio are two of the most significant past-producers of gold and silver in southern Mexico: the San Jose epithermal silver-gold deposit and the Natividad epithermal gold-silver deposit.” Source: Continuum corporate site.

* Greig Hutton, P.Eng President, Director
* Lawrence A. Dick PH.D., P.GEO., Vice President Exploration, Director
* Raul Diaz Unzueta Director General, Mexico
* Robert G. McMorran Chief Financial Officer, Director
* Warren McIntyre Corporate Secretary, Director

Corporate address:
1200 – 1188 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6E 4A2
t. 604.629.0000
f. 604.669.2960

Continuum is also linked through its San Jose-Taviche mine to Foruna Silver Mines Inc., another BC, Canada based company:

Fortuna Silver Mines Inc.

Corporate Address:
355 Burrard Street, Suite 840
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6C 2G8

604 484-4085 ext. 232
Fax: 604 484-4029

Jorge A. Ganoza Durant, B.Sc. Eng.: President
Luis Ganoza Durant, B.Sc., MBA, M.Sc.: Chief Financial Officer
Jorge R. Ganoza Aicardi, B.Sc. Eng.: VP Operations
Thomas I. Vehrs, Ph.D.: VP Exploration
Simon Ridgway, Chairman: Director
Peter Thiersch, M.Sc., P.Geo.: Director
Mike Iverson: Director
Tomas Guerrero Méndez, Eng.: Director
Sally Whittall: Corporate Secretary

Other corporations involved in Oaxaca through Plan Puebla Panama:

International Paper
Global Headquarters
6400 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38197

Boise Cascade
1111 West Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 50
Boise, ID 83728
phone: 208.384.6161

International Paper Company and Boise Cascade are currently purchasing land in Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico for plantation forestry.

ENDESA (a Spanish corporate utilities group) is the principal investor in the regional energy interconnection initiative to privatize energy and develop hydroelectric dams.

ENDESA, S.A. Headquarters:

C/ Ribera del Loira, 60
(Campo de las Naciones)
28042 Madrid, Spain

Tel: (+34) 91 213 10 00
Fax: (+34) 91 563 81 81

HKN, Applied Energy Services Corporation (AESC), Duke Energy, and Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH) are all U.S. energy corporations that are investing from Mexico to Panama in the development of hydroelectric dams and the privatization of the energy grid.

HKN (formerly Harken Energy) is also known due to a scandal involving then corporate officer George W. Bush in an incident of insider trading, just before the company stock lost a significant amount of value. Headquartered in Southlake, TX, Harken Energy continues to have close connections with George W. Bush’s White House.

Harken Energy Corporate Office:
180 State Street, Ste. 200
Southlake, TX 76092
Phone: 817.424.2424

Applied Energy Services (AES) has a record of flagrantly violating air pollution standards and fixing energy markets by withholding supply and gouging prices. Class-action lawsuits have been filed regarding price gouging and withholding supply in California.

AESC Corporate Office:
250 Chaddick Drive
Wheeling, IL 60090
Phone: 847.537.1919
Fax: 847.537.1946

Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is fast becoming a mega-utility by acquiring smaller utilities and power facilities. It is closely linked to Plan Puebla Panama.

Duke Energy Corporate Office:
526 South Church St.
Charlotte, NC 28202-1904
(704) 594-6200

Other investors include Tribasa, Caros, GAN, ICA, Imbursa, Texas Connection, International Shipholding Corporation, Monsanto, Shell, Dow Chemical, Exxon, Shell, and Hutchinson Holdings.

For more information, go to these websites:
Asamblea Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca [offline 3/26/11]
Friends of Brad Will
El Enemigo Comun


By El Enemigo Común

A bilingual website in solidarity with social movements in Mexico. // Un sitio web bilingüe en solidaridad con los movimientos sociales en México.

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