Review - Northern Miner

Reprinted from the Northern Miner

Were you a shareholder of Denver’s Ascendant Copper (now Copper Mesa
Mining) when it crashed and burned at its doomed Junin project in
Ecuador in 2006? Then you may want to check out the feature-length
documentary Under Rich Earth, which debuted at the Toronto Film
Festival. Directed and produced by left-leaning, rookie Canadian
filmmaker Malcolm Rogge, the film uniquely documents the bickering
between the peasants who wanted to keep their farmland as is, and
local contractors ineptly trying to advance the Junin porphyry copper
deposit, which hosts an inferred 982 million tonnes grading 0.89%
copper plus moly and silver credits.

Regrettably, the company didn’t want to participate in the film, and
the director fails to put the conflict into the broader context of
resource development in Ecuador and the Third World. In this respect,
the film likely won’t become a touchstone for anti-mining and
anti-capitalist agitators. But it is worthwhile for those with a
specific interest in Junin and as a classic example for companies on
how not to handle community relations.


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