El Salvador's fight for their last bit of fresh water is about to come to an end.
The World Bank tribunal deciding the OceanaGold v. El Salvador case is making a decision any day now. We don't know exactly when because that is the nature of these shady tribunals where corporations are allowed to sue states for not making money, so we need to act fast.
Today is El Salvador's independence day and we think it's the perfect time to remind World Bank arbitrators that countries should be allowed to protect their own resources from corporate exploitation.
Use the box on the right to send a message to V.V Veeder, one of the World Bank's arbitrators, asking him to let El Salvador protect its water.
OceanaGold sued El Salvador for a whopping $301 million under investor laws that allow corporations to shamelessly sue countries. Today, during its independence day it is more than important ever to stand by El Salvador's right to reject a mine in order to protect its water and people. 90% of the country's water is contaminated already, and OceanaGold's mine would ruin its last remaining sources of clean water.
Stopping OceanaGold is not just about standing by El Salvador's sovereignty. If OceanaGold gets its way it could set a dangerous precedent, making it easier for companies to sue countries when their laws or policies hurt profits. That's why we're also working hard to kill two shady international trade deals (TTIP and TPP) that would allow more companies to do what OceanaGold is doing to El Salvador.
The World Bank could make a decision any day now, so we need to act now. V.V. Veeder is one of the people making this important decision, let's make sure he chooses water and life over corporate profits.
Send a message to V.V. Veeder during El Salvador's independence day: let states protect their resources!