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Attacks continue on Colombian coal mine that sources NB Power with its coal

An alleged unit of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) blew up heavy equipment at the Cerrejon coal mine in La Guajira, Colombia on Sept. 4, 2012. NB Power sources its coal from Colombia. No one was injured. This is the fifth such attack on the world’s largest open-pit coal operation this year. Most of the attacks on the mine have targeted the railway that hauls coal to Puerto Bolivar, an export terminal on the Caribbean coast. Cerrejon is owned by Australian/London-based BHP Billiton, London-based Anglo American and Switzerland-based Xstrata Coal. Communities surrounding Cerrejon have been violently displaced to make way for the mine and Adolfo Montes Gonzales, a worker at Cerrejon active in his union, was murdered in 2008. Canada continues to promote Colombia as a safe and secure place to do business and through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) partly funded the rewriting of Colombia’s mining laws, which made Colombia a more attractive place to do business for Canadian mining companies.

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