The following article was written by Ainslee S. Wittig of the Wilcox Range News, and originally posted to WillcoxRangeNews.com on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 12:00 PM.
All text in black is from the original article in its entirety. Comments below each paragraph in red are those of CommonwealthMine.org.
Commonwealth Mine update following public meeting in Sunsites
Meeting in Sunsites calms some concerns; others still question
Hall Stewart, vice president, exploration and director of Commonwealth Silver and Gold Corp., makes a presentation at the Sunsites Community Center July 22 about the Commonwealth Project in Pearce.
Hall Stewart made a presentation at the Sunsites Community Center July 22 about his company’s plans in the area. The Pearce-Sunsites Chamber of Commerce hosted the meeting. About 150 people attended, many supportive of the proposed mines and many concerned about local water depletion and contamination.
FACT: Of the people who attended this meeting, about 80% stayed afterward to share concerns as a community about the mine. As usual during the “update” Hall Stewart glossed over the issue of water depletion and the fact that it is a major negative consequence of gold mining. His example was center pivot crop circles….crops, by their nature, provide food. What does this waste of water provide? The large amount of water required to run a gold mining operation would exacerbate its impact on our community, which is already experiencing drought. In addition to concerns of water depletion are our concerns of our water being contaminated with toxic chemicals such as cyanide. The video below is a good example of such events happening in real life due to gold mining practices.
The Commonwealth Project is held by Commonwealth Silver and Gold Corp. (CSGC), a private Arizona company, incorporated in 2010. CSGC is 100-percent wholly owned by Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining Inc. (CSGM), a company incorporated under the federal laws of Canada.
FACT: Every time Hall Stewart talks about the name and legal formation of his company it’s a different story. His words state that CSGC is 100-percent wholly owned by CSGM, a company incorporated under the federal laws of Canada.
First Hall Stewart claimed, “Commonwealth Silver and Gold Corp., of Tucson, is a private Arizona corporation“, which you can verify at http://www.willcoxrangenews.com/archives/article_874fe26e-8f88-5912-90b5-a12bc41f50bf.html
Then Hall Stewart said, “Commonwealth Minerals is a Toronto-based exploratory mining company“, which you verify at http://www.willcoxrangenews.com/news/article_82599ba6-cfe6-11e3-ac63-001a4bcf887a.html
Then Hall Stewart said, “In regard to the concern that Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining, Inc. is a Canadian entity“….”the majority ownership of the company is Canadian it is because there are few John Waynes left in this country that have the cojones to invest the time, effort and money required to make discoveries and develop them to the benefit of the communities where they are found“, (exactly what are the benefits to our community?) which you can verify at http://www.willcoxrangenews.com/opinion/editorials/article_d1a82aae-e5fa-11e3-a973-001a4bcf887a.html
Hall is Vice President, Exploration and a Director of CSGM and President and Director of the US subsidiary CSGC. Hall and CEO and President Micheal Farrant are co-founders of both companies.
FACT: Publicly available information, such as that shown below, does not show Hall Stewart as a co-founder of Commonwealth Silver. Why is Mr. Stewart so anxious to convince our community that he is a co-founder of this Canadian company? Review the following information provided by Mr. Stewart and Mr. Farrant and make your own judgement.
In addition, Bloomberg Businessweek states that Hall Stewart “serves as Vice-President of Exploration at Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining Inc. Mr. Stewart is a full time consultant to Commonwealth Arizona“. Note that Commonwealth Silver would have provided this information to Bloomberg Businessweek. (Bloomberg doesn’t make this information up).
Stewart said he decided to make the presentation to dispel inaccurate information making the rounds locally, as well as false statements made by a website, commonwealthmine.org, whose bloggers have failed to identify themselves to Commonwealth Silver and the public.
FACT: The only reason this meeting happened is because we, as a community, have started questioning what is really going on with the Commonwealth Mine Project, which we, as residents of our community, have the right to question – whether or not we identify ourselves is irrelevant.
Commonwealth Silver’s website is http://www.commonwealthsilver.ca, and Stewart said his contact information is available on the site for anyone with questions or concerns (Cell – 520-820-2686 and email – email@example.com).
FACT: If you visit http://commonwealthsilver.ca/ you will find that our town is the only mining project they have, and they are betting our community on making lots of money for themselves and their investors at our expense and risk.
“I’m proud of my work. I put my name on it. Nowhere on their website do they identify themselves and they are making very unsubstantiated claims,” Stewart said toward the end of the meeting.
FACT: You, who are reading this right now, are most likely an adult who can discern information for yourself, regardless of who put it together. You don’t need Hall Stewart to tell you what is true or not. Look at the information on our website and judge for yourself. Everything we present on this site is substantiated by leading sources, such as Bloomberg Businessweek, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Global News BC, EARTHWORKS, The Center for Public Integrity, Smithsonian Magazine, CORPWATCH, The Willcox Range News, etc. Whereas everything you hear from Michael Farrant and Hall Stewart is completely based on whatever “unsubstantiated” claims best serve their financial interests at any given moment. Nowhere, do they present credible facts to validate any of their claims.
Stewart told the audience it had been two years since their last meeting and it was time to give an update on the progress the company has made. The company has however provided presentations and updates annually at the Old Pearce Heritage Days in each of November 2011, 2012 and 2013 during Thanksgiving.
FACT: As previously stated in this article, “Stewart said he decided to make the presentation to dispel inaccurate information making the rounds locally, as well as false statements made by a website, commonwealthmine.org, whose bloggers have failed to identify themselves to Commonwealth Silver and the public.” This was the real reason for the meeting, it had nothing to do with his concern for our community.
Farrant attended and spoke minimally during the presentation.
FACT: Being the President and CEO of Commonwealth Silver, you would think that Michael Farrant would have more to say to the people of our community, however, he showed, by his arm-crossed across his chest behavior that he could care less about any of us. He is only in this for his own financial gain (regardless of any negative impacts on our community). Furthermore, Michael Farrant has been hiding from our community from the very beginning, which you can verify in the following articles from the Willcox Range News. He finally showed his face to our community due to pressure from CommonwealthMine.org.
Gold and silver exploration at old Pearce mine (nowhere in this article is Michael Farrant mentioned) http://www.willcoxrangenews.com/archives/article_874fe26e-8f88-5912-90b5-a12bc41f50bf.html
Commonwealth Mine: Will it move forward? (nowhere in this article is Michael Farrant mentioned) http://www.willcoxrangenews.com/news/article_82599ba6-cfe6-11e3-ac63-001a4bcf887a.html
Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining explains Pearce project (nowhere in this article is Michael Farrant mentioned) http://www.willcoxrangenews.com/opinion/editorials/article_d1a82aae-e5fa-11e3-a973-001a4bcf887a.html
Stewart explained the three projects the company is working on: Commonwealth Project at Pearce Hill, San Ignacio Hill, about a mile east of Commonwealth Mine next Highway 191 and Blue Jeep, northwest of Kansas Settlement Road and Highway 191.
The Commonwealth Project is an advanced exploration development project located at Pearce Hill, where the deposits were mined for high grade silver and gold ores beginning in 1895 (known as Commonwealth Mine), with commercial scale mining of the high grade ores ending in the late 1920’s. Small scale mining continued through 1942. During this time, the Commonwealth Mine produced about 12 million ounces of silver and 138,000 ounces of gold, making it Arizona’s second largest historic primary silver producer. Further exploration and drilling continued from the 1970s through mid 1990s until a sharp decrease in silver and gold prices.
FACT: If any of you know about what happened with the Commonwealth Mine in the 1990s, you would think twice about supporting this venture. As for what happened, you can find out for yourself by asking some of our old-timers. Not a good story…
“Arizona is one of the most important mineral producers in the U.S., second only to Nevada, with $5 billion in minerals – mostly copper,” he said. “Until 1981, Arizona produced a half billion ounces of silver. The state is under-explored for silver because they do mostly copper. Commonwealth Mine was the second-largest producer when silver was its primary project. No. 1 was Tombstone.”
Stewart said the company must complete two mineral resource estimates, meet quality assurance and statistical acceptability. The first step is continuing the mineral deposit analysis and the second is to determine economic feasibility — maximum profitability with acceptable impact.
Reread that last line again, “determine economic feasibility — maximum profitability with acceptable impact.” Maximum profitability for whom? Acceptable impact for whom???
In June, the company acquired Pearce Ranch, a 1,320 acre ranch contiguous to the patented claims at the Commonwealth Project, to add to their with 34 unpatented mining claims and 64 drilling holes at Blue Jeep (10), San Ignacio (18) and Six Mile Hill (6).
“We hold one of the oldest mining claims in the country dating back to 1898 under President McKinley – everyone knows this is mining property,” he said. “There are 208 holes drilled on our property, 155 of which were drilled before we got the property. We will do more drilling before the mine opens.”
“We have to have measured resources that indicate adequate confidence. Indicated resources show a high level of confidence and inferred resources are those that are too speculative, as we can’t say what the cost is to produce results,” Stewart said. “There are 31.1035 grams in a troy ounce, and it takes 60 tonnes (2,205 pounds each) to get an ounce.
All we hear about here is greed for themselves. What do you hear?
“In our Preliminary Economic Assessment, the pre-tax Net Present Value (NPV) of the Commonwealth Project is $141 million. There will be an after-tax NPV at a 5-percent discounted rate of $101.3 million and we expect a 58.2 percent rate of return. This is stunningly good,” Stewart said. “Pre-production capital cost is $27.2 million to build the mine and just over one and a half years to get paid back. We’d expect to move 20,000 tonnes a day for nine years, recovering 312-thousand ounces of gold at $1,350 per ounce and 10.9 million ounces of silver at $22.50 per ounce, as of the PEA study we did on Feb. 13, 2014.
How is this going to benefit the members of our community exactly?
He added that the corporate tax rate is 25 percent, and the payroll taxes generated would also be good for the state.
FACT: Hall Stewart is correct, this tax revenue would go directly to the state, NOT our local community.
While opening the mine is “two years from receiving the aquifer protection permitting,” when it begins operation it will require 145 employees with an average salary of $50,000 a year – from the mine manager’s $300,000 per year to processing and blasting employees making $12 to $15 an hour, Stewart said. He suggested that students or others wanting to join the company begin their studies now for the many opportunities that will be available.
Karen Sartain who posted her name on the following comment on our site said it best:
“Jobs will be advertised, but since the majority of our community members are older and retired, or younger people not skilled in these types of jobs, local folks will not be the ones with the new jobs. At the meeting last night, the talk was all encouraging to our young people that they can start right now with their education and get their degrees in many of the job related areas…but how many of them will want to put $100,000.00 into these education fields and then get a job that pays $15.00 per hour? Wonder how long your student loan payoff will take at those wages? Not to mention, if it takes a graduating senior 4 to 8 years for a degree, the mine jobs will be all be taken up by the time you get back here anyway….filled by people just like the owners…not from around here. The single most telling question/answer from last night’s meeting was when asked if he would live next to a gold mine project, his answer was “I didn’t buy my house next to a mine”. Well, that tells me how safe and wonderful this is going to be….NOT.”
Your can read Karen’s comment at https://commonwealthmine.org/2014/05/16/commonwealth-mine-jobs-in-pearce-arizona/
“We have spent $7 million locally for supplies and work from a local drilling company, as our preference is always to use local contractors (which they will need for all trucks and mining equipment),” he added.
Stewart said their biggest investor is Coeur Mining, Inc., a major U.S. mining company, and Commonwealth Silver also signed an agreement in April to merge with Delta Gold Corporation this year.
You can read more about the “Delta Gold” merger at https://commonwealthmine.org/2014/06/09/canadian-companies-poisoning-our-water-and-land-to-profit-themselves-their-canadian-investors-and-the-canadian-government/ (no wonder Hall Stewart doesn’t like our website, the truth of these dealings are not in favor of our community).
“We’re here to hit a homerun, but we haven’t hit yet,” he said.
This year the plans are to acquire more surface rights, study the area’s metallurgy and begin the environmental permitting process.
It is important to point out that the more surface rights they acquire, the more control they have over our town and its resources, you can learn more about this at: http://www.earthworksaction.org/issues/detail/general_mining_law_of_1872#.U-RSf2NeJ8F Also, note the part that says, “it will cost taxpayers between $32-72 billion to clean up these mines. And taxpayers are potentially liable for billions more in cleanup costs at currently operating mines.”
As for the local public’s concern with water depletion and contamination, Stewart explained that they have data back to 1975 and they have also been allowed to test some private wells for current data.
FACT: 1975 has nothing to do with what will happen once Commonwealth Silver puts the mine into full production as a 100 meter deep open-pit cyanide-leach gold and silver mine…
Water depletion is a major negative consequence of gold mining. The large amount of water required to run a gold mining operation exacerbates its impact on local communities, many of which are already experiencing drought.
Gold mining is a highly consumptive and environmentally destructive industry. In addition to the landscapes that is destroys, gold mining (especially open-pit gold mining) creates massive amounts of toxic waste that often causes acid mine drainage and heavy metal contamination.
Gold mining and metal processing also uses a vast amount of water and energy, often subsidized. It also utilizes dangerous chemicals such as cyanide in its leaching processes, posing a threat to our local water systems.
Records indicate that pre-2000 water level was a 4,110 feet (280-290 feet below the surface) and by December 2012, the water level dropped to 4,035 feet. He said that records show the water level dropped about 75 feet in 40 years, but not in a linear decline. “It dropped about a foot per year since 1975, and this is conjecture, but likely that is about three feet per year now,” he said.
These numbers do not take into consideration seasonal crops which may have higher water demand or two new large agricultural wells on on Kansas Settlement and on Dragoon roads, noted Murray McClelland, president of the Pearce-Sunsites Chamber of Commerce, who has asked for a Legislative study on the area’s underground water resources.
All of our homes and land will be worthless if this project goes through. No one in their right mind, including Hall Stewart, in his own words, would want to buy a home next to a mine.
Stewart explained that the mine will be a “closed circuit (recirculating) zero-discharge” mine, with two storm water retention pools for which two inches of rainfall will provide water for two weeks from each pool, with water recycling and the only loss from evaporation.
FACT: All mining companies tell you they are “different” because their mines will be safer, cleaner, etc. This was claimed about the Mount Polley Mine near Likely, B.C. https://commonwealthmine.org/2014/08/07/latest-canadian-gold-mine-disaster-on-august-4-2014-2/ and about the Summitville Mine in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado https://commonwealthmine.org/2014/06/09/dont-let-pearce-sunsites-arizona-become-the-next-summitville-mine-disaster/ (both operated by Canadian mining companies).
He said the structure of the mine will include two wells, and a heap leach pad which will be monitored for toxics, pollutants, arsenic, etc. for at least a year before a permit is requested.
Reread this one for yourself, they are going to monitor for toxics, pollutants, arsenic, etc. “for at least a year before a permit is requested“? So, how much potential damage will they possibly do before even requesting a permit? And more importantly, who is going to monitor their activities or guarantee they get a permit?
The mine’s open pit will be 3,300 feet long with a hill 100 meters tall. He said, “The pit is below today’s water table and it’s only at 40 feet, but we will be monitoring water levels and in years ahead water will be down drawn.”
Stewart explained that the area where their projects are is broken into two aquifers – the Willcox Basin including the Commonwealth and Blue Jeep projects and the Douglas Basin, which includes the San Ignacio Hill project.
He said the mine will “be a new commercial user of water resource. Our water consumption will be 580 acre-feet per year, or 230 to 360 gallons/minute – -not the 3,000 gallons/minute reported earlier in the Arizona Range News and the Ghost Town Trail newspaper. That number is what is circulating.”
He said the amount used per year (580 acre-feet per year) is comparable to a center pivot crop circle of alfalfa (a high water usage crop) or three crop circles of corn, which used less water.
Note that this claim is unsubstantiated.
“Using Google Earth, we will be one of 366 comparable sized water users in the area,” he noted.
An attendee asked if cyanide was still around from the old Commonwealth mine closed down in 1926.
“There are 200,000 pounds of tailings left, but the cyanide is inert. It likely broke down within two years,” Stewart said.
Note that this claim is unsubstantiated. “It likely broke down“? Where are the verifiable facts of this?
“We will keep mining on patented mining claims with processing on private land and the crusher nearby. The cyanide solution will be poured across the leach pad. We want to catch all the cyanide, as it is full of gold – we have the financial incentive,” he said.
So, if there isn’t a financial incentive, then what happens? It’s all about the money…
“Sodium cyanide is toxic, but it takes a lot to kill you. There have been no documented human deaths from cyanide-related access in 50 years,” he said. “It is poisonous to animals, but plants love it – it’s fertilizer.”
FACT: Mr. Stewart says, “There have been no documented human deaths from cyanide-related access in 50 years.” How convenient that the holocaust in Europe was over 70 years ago…it’s poisonous to animals…what are human beings? Also, our area is well-known for its incredible bird life, which would be seriously impacted by this mine. Is this mine worth killing our wildlife? Is gold that important? Maybe it’s time to bring the National Audubon Society into this matter.
Stewart said the school was built on patented mining claim land that was leased to them in the 1890s, but Commonwealth Mine retained the mining rights.
Note that this claim is unsubstantiated as for “Commonwealth Silver” having any rights that affect the Pearce Elementary School. As for the 1890s, they are of no relevance today. Maybe we should proceed as a community with legal actions against Commonwealth Silver to protect the interests of our town and school.
“We will be very careful not to blast at the nearby site during school hours, but we will pay for busing the students to Cochise School if you want them to,” he said of a question about student safety at Pearce School.
As a community we want our school for our children, we do not want them “bused”. This is not the 1960’s where “busing” was an issue. The rights of our community outweigh any rights that Commonwealth Silver claims to have, which we can take to a court of law. We cannot let these greed mongers bully the people of our community.
To a question regarding arsenic in the Pearce School’s well water, Stewart said the school failed water quality tests recently because the regulations changed with the Clean Water Act in 2006. “The amount of arsenic in the well water did not change; they lowered the concentrations.”
The Clean Water Act in 2006 made a new standard, lowering the concentrations, obviously for a reason. So, once Commonwealth Silver lays the Pearce Elementary School to waste with toxic chemicals, it’s on us, as a community, to do something about it? Funny how supporters of this mining project aren’t stepping up to take responsibility for such likely issues. As responsible members of our community, supporters of Commonwealth Silver should be providing solutions to make this project work in a way that’s best for EVERYONE in our community, opposed to blindly supporting this project for their own personal interests.
Stewart also said that none of the all five types of rocks in the acid mine drainage area were acid generating when tested, but were already oxidized and are instead slightly basic or neutralizing.
Note that this claim is unsubstantiated.
He was asked what the company’s plans were for giving to the community and what percentage of the revenue would be donated to the community.
Stewart said a percentage has not been determined, but as of the meeting, Commonwealth Silver has bought Our Lady of Victoria Church with the intention of restoring it, bought chairs for the Pearce School, helped fund the construction for a medical helipad site, and A.Y. Smith House, known as the “Commonwealth Mine Manager’s House.”
And we’ll gladly risk our water and destroy our home values in exchange for these trinkets? If we were Native Americans Hall Stewart would offer us beads for our land.
When asked about where the mine would send the gold and silver for processing, he said they’d likely use a refinery in Massachusetts or Salt Lake City, Utah and then it will be sold on the international market.
And how does this benefit our community?
One person complained that employees working on the mine were not obeying speed limits and dust was being created. Stewart told the Sheriff’s Office deputies at the meeting for security to take note and the employees to obey the speed limits.
This isn’t an accurate report of what happened. Hall Stewart’s first response was in an angry tone stating that this wasn’t his responsibility. This can be substantiated by any member of our community that attended this meeting. Who has the responsibility for his employees actions, if not Hall Stewart?
Another person asked whether the leach ponds would have liners as some liners in Oregon have recently leaked. Stewart said there would be liners and “all crushed rock on the leach pad would be crushed to at least less than one-half inch and no trucks will drive onto the heaps,” as was the case in on the Oregon leach pad that leaked. “We will use a conveyor belt” to put the rocks on the pad.
Note that this claim is unsubstantiated.
“It is not in the company’s interest to allow them to leak. That’s like pouring gold into the ground,” he said, adding, “We are using newer technology and will continue to use the best practices we can. We must also have a hazardous spill prevention plan.”
So, where exactly does Commonwealth Silver get all of their magical “new technology” that no one else seems to have? Again, this claim is unsubstantiated.
He added that Arizona Department of Environmental Quality inspects the mine every six months.
That’s not very assuring, a lot can go wrong and be covered up in that amount of time.
“Last time we were inspected, along with two other companies nearby, we were in compliance. The other two received one citation and several citations. We had no citations,” he said. “We still have a lot of permits to get before we start mining.”
Note that this claim is unsubstantiated.
“Would you want your house by this mine?” asked a man in the audience who would not give his name for publication.
Stewart replied, “I didn’t buy a house next to a mine.”
This says it all. Note that no one working for Commonwealth Silver wants to buy a house in our community. None of them including, Hall Steward would want to live next to an open-pit cyanide-leach gold mine. Even their new mine manager is going to reside in Tucson. Therefore, we have to ask, who will be available at a moments notice when a catastrophe strikes?
“We’re glad you’re coming here. Let’s give him a hand,” shouted out Tom Whiteman, a geologist from Sunsites.
When commonwealthmine.org was asked by the Range News for identification, the reply was as follows:
“We wish not to identify ourselves individually since many of us are members of Anonymous, which you can learn a bit about at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x82TWGp2Tlw. We can tell you that our members involved with the Commonwealth Mine Project include people in the Pearce area, Tucson, Phoenix, Scottsdale, California, New Mexico, Texas, Canada, etc. We also conduct ongoing activities against Commonwealth Silver through Christian faith based organizations, human rights groups (clean water is a human right btw), and numerous environmental organizations listed on our site.
“It is important to note that our activities concerning Commonwealth Silver are just a small portion of our ongoing projects to eradicate the cancer of Canadian mining which is wrecking havoc on the State of Arizona, our nation and the world. In the big picture, Commonwealth Silver is a small fish in a small bucket, however, any human life they negatively impact is not.
“Note that nothing we share is unsubstantiated. Our site and other activities are all linked to facts that back up everything we say, including the fact that Canadian mining companies will murder or cause serious physical harm to anyone who becomes too much of a problem. Hence, we are Anonymous.”
It was signed, “The CommonwealthMine.org Team.”
Yes, we did say all of these things and they are all true. Many of us are your friends and neighbors right here in Pearce and we also have people throughout the world who help us in our efforts. Furthermore, it isn’t uncommon for Canadian mining companies to do whatever it takes to silence their opposition. As a matter of fact, a woman who had resisted the Goldcorp Marlin Mine since it began operations, was shot in the face at her home in 2011. The assailants were arrested and traced back to having worked for a company who did contract work for Goldcorp. In another recent case, Goldcorp is being asked to take responsibility for severe human rights infractions, including the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old girl. You can read more about these cases at https://news.vice.com/article/meet-the-woman-taking-on-canadian-mining-companies
In response to their claim that “nothing we share is unsubstantiated,“ Farrant said, “Almost all of the “claims” on their site are, in fact, unsubstantiated. Goldcorp Inc. has nothing to do with the Commonwealth Project and has not invested a single cent in either Delta Gold Corporation or Commonwealth Silver. They are not our partner. That is not to suggest that it would be negative or positive if they were. The fact that they are not involved in any way is simply a fact. While I worked for Barrick Gold Corporation at a point in time, none of what is alleged against Barrick occurred during my tenure and many of those claims are unsubstantiated. We have never lied to the people of Pearce and are more than happy to field any questions that anyone may have about our plans and business practices.
FACT: “The directors of each of Delta Gold and Commonwealth Silver have unanimously determined to recommend the approval of the Transaction. Pursuant to the Agreement, directors and officers of both companies will enter into agreements to vote their respective shareholdings in favour of the Transaction. Goldcorp USA Inc., Delta Gold’s largest arm’s length shareholder owning 11.5% of Delta Gold and shareholders holding greater than 5% of the outstanding Commonwealth Shares will also be required to enter into agreements to vote their respective shareholdings in favour of the Transaction.” Read more for yourself at http://www.deltagold.com/news/delta-gold-corporation-and-commonwealth-silver-and-gold-mining-inc-sign-binding-agreement
Also, see “GOLDCORP INC. (TSX: G), (NYSE: GG) reports that through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Goldcorp USA Inc., it has received 22,059,000 common shares (the “Shares”) in the capital of Delta Gold Corporation (formerly ADR Capital Corp.)” Read more at http://www.goldcorp.com/English/Investor-Resources/News/News-Details/2013/Goldcorp-Updates-Shareholding-in-Delta-Gold-Corporation/default.aspx
As for Michael Farrant making an issue about our comments concerning his affiliations with Barrick Gold you can read the post he’s referring to and get more information on Barrick from CORPWATCH at https://commonwealthmine.org/2014/08/04/michael-farrant-of-commonwealth-silver-and-barrick-golds-dirty-secrets/
You can also learn more about Barrick Gold at http://www.protestbarrick.net/
Michael Farrant goes on to say, “While I worked for Barrick Gold Corporation at a point in time, none of what is alleged against Barrick occurred during my tenure and many of those claims are unsubstantiated“. So in other words, while Michael Farrant was the Corporate Controller of Barrick Gold, Barrick could do no wrong? We can prove this claim to be “unsubstantiated” on Michael’s part.
From August 1996 to June 2002 (6 years) Michael Farrant was the Corporate Controller of Barrick Gold Corporation. When searching for the following phrases in Google, filtered for only results between August 1996 to June 2002, we found the following (click on links to view search results).
- “barrick gold” environmental damage
- “barrick gold” corruption
- “barrick gold” rape
- “barrick gold” murder
Unsubstantiated? Do your own homework and make your own judgements. Michael Farrant and Hall Stewart are not being truthful with our community.
Both Hall and I would be happy to engage them in a public debate to test the theory that all the information on their website is fully substantiated. You can post all the articles in the world (which it appears that they have done) concerning environmental mishaps and allegations of corruption and that doesn’t for a second mean that it applies to us.
Michael, this isn’t high school debate club… If you can prove that something that we’ve posted is “unsubstantiated”, you are welcome to post comments as an adult on our website, however, if you send us your typical propaganda such as the following, your comments will not be approved. Do you remember this one you sent us, Michael?
“Unfortunately, all I can do is shake my head at the hatred, bigotry, fear mongering and dissemination of misinformation on this website which sadly rival the tactics of the Nazi Party of 1930′s Germany. Before believing the propaganda heralded on this website as fact, get informed and think twice about whether you too want to spread hatred, bigotry and fear. Canadians have fought and died bravely next to our American friends and allies in preserving the very foundation of the rights and freedoms upon which the United States of America was founded. The spirit of entrepreneurialism and responsible capitalism go to the core of what it is to be American. Are Americans to be “American” only when it suits their interests or do they truly cherish the preservation of these values so gallantly defended by both Canadian and American alike. To spread hatred and mistrust of these values, desecrates the very memories of all those brave fighting men and women on both sides of the 49th parallel that have laid down their lives to ensure that we all have an opportunity to pursue life, liberty, happiness and prosperity in a responsible manner.”
So, what exactly does this Canadian flag waving drivel have to do with the pressing concerns of our community, Michael?
“Frankly, when an organization such as the Willcox Range News is providing good, unbiased reporting, websites like CommonwealthMine.Org are an insult to our collective intellect and sensibilities as human beings. To suggest that we would cause them physical harm if their identities were known is ridiculous and would suggest that we would ignore the rule of law in the United States and act solely of our own accord… again, ridiculous.
Yes, the Willcox Range News did an outstanding job on this article and we believe we do a good job of finding the truth, even though it is not in the interest of Commonwealth Sliver’s corporate agenda. We are not here to be your friend, Michael, we are here to be the voice of the majority of our community that is against the Commonwealth Mine Project – and our numbers are growing.
“I would urge you and all others who strive to present fair an unbiased information such that the public can be informed to call these cowards out and label them as such until they have the courage to reveal themselves to all of us. Only those afraid of the real truth have reason to hide,” Farrant said.
Michael, you are truly the coward in this pathetic tragedy that you call a business venture. It is us that CALLED YOU OUT to our community. Prior to us putting a little pressure on you, you hid yourself from our community and let Hall Stewart be your public relations man. Now that we have gotten you to come out of hiding you want to call us cowards? How dare you call anyone in our community a coward. The saddest part of this whole matter, Michael, is that you and Hall Stewart are more concerned with this website and dissenting opinions within our community, than you are with addressing all of our legitimate concerns about the health, safety, and future of our families in Pearce-Sunsites, Arizona.
Original article source: http://www.willcoxrangenews.com/news/article_a8ce68a8-1ced-11e4-9011-0019bb2963f4.html
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