Corporate Criminals in Oaxaca – Updated

A list of US, Canadian, Australian, and European (UK and Spanish) corporations profiting from death and repression in Oaxaca. Please forward, repost, verify, research and improve this “who’s who of fuck heads” involved in biopiracy, Plan Puebla Panama, Oaxaca’s major energy sector and more.

December 3rd, 2006 – On November 21st, 2006, evil published an article on NYC IMC calling attention to companies that play a major role in propping up Oaxaca’s bloody regime.

On December 3rd, 2006, Citizen zero reposted the list of corporations, along with more information on the exploitive process which values natural resources more than the lives of campesin@s, to let folks send it out to indymedia sites in europe, australia, canada and throughout the u.s. as they see fit. Citizen zero also notes that the list can be improved, specifically the contact information, details of operations and mexican government contacts for corporations listed at the bottom.

Mount actions drawing attention to the connection between death and torture in Oaxaca and corporations in the U.S. (Utah, AZ, NY, CA, TX, ID, TN, IL, NC, etc…)

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 xxx

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


Rio Tinto’s subsidiary Kennecott was fined for illegally mining uranium in the Loxicha region in southern Mexico’s Oaxaca State. Its license was cancelled 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. (unomos uno, 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 xxx

USA / Mexico office: (outside of Tucson, AZ) xxx

Kennecott Exploration
10861 N Mavinee Dr #141
Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Tel. (520) 544-8173 xxx

Continuum Resources Ltd., a Canadian mining corporation, which “holds in excess of 70,000 hectares of exploration ground in 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. (offline: 1/4/11)

* 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. V6E4A2
t. 604.629.0000
f . 604.669.2960

Continuum is also linked through its San Jose-Tavichemine 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
Telephone: 604-484-4085 ext.232
Fax: 604-484-4029 xxx

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 Mendez, Eng.: Director
Sally Whittall: Corporate Secretary xxx

Other corporations involved in Oaxaca through Plan Puebla Panama:

International Paper
Global Headquarters
6400 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38197
901-419-9000 xxx

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

International Paper Company and Boise Cascade are currently purchasing land in Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico for plantation farming (i.e. usually very destructive, fast-growing Eucalyptus tree farms).

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

C/ Ribera del Loira, 60
(Campo de las Naciones)
28042 Madrid
Tel: (+34) 91 213 1000
Fax: (+34) 91 563 8181xxx

HKN, Applied Energy Services Corporation (AESC), Duke Energy, and Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH) area 11, U.S. energy corporates that are investing from Mexico to Panama in the development of hydroelectric dams and the privatization of the energy grid.

The headwaters for 40% of Mexico’s rivers are in Oaxaca. The companies listed plan to construct hydroelectric dams and wind energy facilities, with associated relay substations, etc., that would then be siphoned out of Oaxaca and sold for a profit in a deregulated energy market in urban Mexico, Central America and north of the Rio Grande.

This is Plan Puebla Panama and NAFTA’s substitution of profit development for sustainable and responsible development: currently, 35% of homes in Oaxaca have no running water, 55% have no plumbing, and 13% have no electricity, while only 38% have all three. 40% of homes in Oaxaca have dirt floors. Source:

Privatization is geared specifically to exclude the poor, which is an overwhelming percentage of Oaxaca’s people: 72% of the employed population earns less than 70 pesos (approx. $6-$7) per day.

These are some of the US energy companies responsible:

HKN is also known due to a scandal involving then corporate officer George W. Bush in an incident of insider trading, just before the company’s stock lost a significant amount of value. Headquartered in Southlake, TX, HKN (formerly Harken Energy) continues to have close connections with George W. Bush’s White House. Remind them that a diversified portfolio in Latin America means getting blood on your hands.

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

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. It wants to expand this woeful record by spiking prices in Central America.

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

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 xxx

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



  1. foreign companies sucking the wealth out of Oaxaca’s land

    SOURCE: Gold Resource Corporation
    Jul 09, 2007 06:00 ET
    Gold Resource Corporation Intercepts 3 Meters of 1.5 Ounce Gold Equivalent in Deepest Hole to Date at El Aguila Project

    DENVER, CO–(Marketwire – July 9, 2007) – Gold Resource Corporation (GRC) (OTCBB: GORO) (FRANKFURT: GIH) is excited to announce continued high-grade values at the El Aire vein. Intercepts include 3 meters of 46.66 g/t gold equivalent* (1.5 oz/tonne AuEq*) in the deepest and highest grade El Aire vein intercept drilled to date. This intercept extends the high-grade El Aire vein over approximately 350 meters of strike length and 250 meters of depth with El Aire vein mineralization still open in both strike and depth. The El Aire vein is part of GRC’s El Aguila Project in Oaxaca, Mexico which is targeted for production in mid-2008.

    El Aguila Project

  2. more mining news in Oaxaca

    Aurea Mining Inc. Closes First Tranche of Private Placement
    VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – July 4, 2007) –


    Aurea Mining Inc. (“Aurea”) (TSX VENTURE:MXA)(FRANKFURT:A9M) is pleased to announce that it has closed the first tranche of the non-brokered private placement originally announced on June 21, 2007. Aurea has raised $2,343,800 by issuing 7,812,666 units at a price of $0.30 per unit. Each unit consists of one common share and one-half of a common share purchase warrant. Each whole share purchase warrant is exercisable to purchase an additional common share at a price of $0.40 per share for a period of two years expiring on June 29, 2009. The units will be subject to a hold period of four months as required by TSX Venture Exchange policies and securities law expiring on October 30, 2007. Aurea expects to close the second and final tranche in the next few days.

    The proceeds of the private placement will be used to fund exploration of Aurea’s mineral properties within the Guerrero Gold Belt in the State of Guerrero, Mexico, the Monte Alban / Taviche property in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico, and for working capital.

    About Aurea

    Aurea Mining Inc., via its wholly-owned subsidiary headquartered in Mexico City, is exploring for gold within its strategic land position in the area of southern Mexico, known as the Guerrero Gold Belt in the State of Guerrero, Mexico, and for gold and silver in the recently announced Monte Alban / Taviche property in Oaxaca, also in southern Mexico.

    On behalf of the Board of Directors

    Richard Whittall, President and Chief Executive Officer

    This news release may contain forward-looking statements regarding future exploration programs and events. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements.

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

  3. ELF hits Rio Tinto Alcan in Essex in solidarity with Saving Iceland

    In the early hours of 30/07/07, saboteurs struck at Smurfit Kappa, a plastics factory owned by Rio Tinto Alcan in Chelmsford, Essex. The gates were locked shut, office doors and loading bays were sabotaged with glue and a message left painted on the wall. Vehicles belonging to Rio Tinto were also sabotaged.

    Rio Tinto, who have recently acquired the business have arguably the worse record of any corporation for abuse of the earth and its people. Whether they’re sponsoring and training paramilitaries committing genocide in the South Pacific, removing entire mountain tops in Africa or strip mining virgin rainforest that belongs to indigenous tribes, they must be stopped.

    Rio Tinto’s recent acquisition of Alcan makes them party to the greatest ecological crime currently being committed in Europe. They are looking to turn Iceland’s great wildernesses into a series of monolithic power stations to power aluminium smelters; one of the most polluting and energy intensive industries in the world. Rio Tinto bring repression wherever they go, in Bouganville in the South Pacific they hired mercenaries to rape and murder all who opposed their massive copper mine, Panguna. Their invasion into Iceland is no different and protests against heavy industry are being met with police violence and activists are fitted up and subject to state sponsored slander.

    It’s necessary to hit Rio Tinto where it hurts, on the bottom line, the balance sheet. Where it matters.



    Week of Direct Action in Iceland as Arms-Connections of Aluminium Industry get Exposed

  4. Empresas del proyecto eólico del Istmo abusan de ejidatarios

    Les pagan 150 pesos anuales por hectárea arrendada

    Las empresas españolas, estadunidenses y francesas que desarrollan el proyecto eólico en la región del Istmo, en Oaxaca, pagan 150 pesos anuales por hectárea a los ejidatarios a quienes, con engaños, les hicieron firmar contratos de arrendamiento por 60 años.

    Ante el despojo, los afectados interpusieron 175 demandas de nulidad en los tribunales civiles del estado, pero no han recibido respuesta, dijo Marco A. Velásquez, secretario técnico de la Red Mexicana de Acción Contra el Libre Comercio.

    El despojo y la privatización de terrenos toman forma de contratos de arrendamiento leoninos de las propiedades ejidales y comunales por las empresas Unión Fenosa, Gamesa, Endesa, Eloiac, Préñela, Iberdrola, General Electric, Enron y EDS de Francia, las cuales imponen a los labriegos contratos por 30 años con renovación automática por 30 más.

    El director del Centro de Derechos Humanos del Tepeyac, Javier Balderas, comentó que hace 16 años los campesinos conocieron el proyecto Alfa Omega, que en el gobierno de Vicente Fox se convirtió en el Plan Puebla-Panamá e incluye la generación de energía eólica.

    A los campesinos se les dijo que obtendrían beneficios por la renta de tierras, pero el pago no ha mejorado en más de tres lustros. “El aire de esa región es tan valioso como el petróleo y la intención del gobierno es otorgar permisos a las empresas para que amplíen sus instalaciones, ya que la meta es producir casi la misma cantidad de energía eléctrica que genera el sistema hidroeléctrico de Chiapas.”

  5. More on destruction by gold mining in Oaxaca.

    Gold Resource Corporation Construction Photos of El Aguila Project, Oaxaca, Mexico

    Their corporate headquarters appears to be in Denver, Colorado.
    Fortuitously, thousands will be protesting at the Democrat Party convention in Denver from August 25-28:

    Gold Resource Corporation
    Jason Reid, Vice President / Corporate Development
    222 Milwaukee Street, Suite 301
    Denver, Colorado 80206
    303-320-7708 Office
    303-320-7835 Fax
    719-330-0258 Cell

    Plunderers’ Home page:
    Photos and bios of chief plunderers:


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