Water is More Precious than Gold Tour

Posted March 20, 2013, at 11:11 a.m.
Last modified March 20, 2013, at 3:06 p.m.
Sandra Carolina Ascencio speaks out about mining in El Salvador.
Sandra Carolina Ascencio speaks out about mining in El Salvador.

Friday, March 29, 2013 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 120 Park St, Bangor, ME

For more information: Todd Martin; 207.430.0115;

Maine and El Salvador may seem like a world apart, but both places are facing extreme pressure from corporations to mine for minerals. Please join PICA and the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) in welcoming Salvadoran mining activist Sandra Carolina Ascencio to Maine, Friday, March 29, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church (120 Park St.), Bangor.

As a member of the National Roundtable against Metallic Mining in El Salvador, Sandra has worked for decades to protect the health of her people and her county from mineral mining. Mineral mining is one of the most environmentally destructive industries on the planet, and nowhere is this more apparent than in El Salvador where runoff from mining operations has polluted the San Sebastian River with dangerous levels of cyanide and iron.

Following Sandra’s presentation about mining in El Salvador, NRCM staff Scientist Nick Bennett will speak about the current debate in Maine to relax the state’s mineral mining laws including the threats mining poses to Maine’s water and wildlife.

Admission is free but please RSVP to, 207.430.0115