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Strip Mine Proposed: O Pino!

Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
I massive open-pit strip mine is proposed just outside Santiago de Compostela, alongside the Frances path. The FICS has taken it up, alongside hundreds of locals concerned about the noise, dust, traffic, blasting, and long-term effects on air and water quality. For details on the proposal, check out the FICS web or FB site, or Mina Touro O Pino NON sites. A multinational mining company has proposed reopening an old mine, its digging rights come within a half-km. of the Camino along the final two etapas of the Frances route. Its proposals and studies are full of unanswered questions, but its flying through the approvals process with mysterious ease...

We who treasure the camino are sending emails, MANY emails, to let the authorities know where we are from and why we care. We hope you will join us... English, or your native language, is fine! Remember, the Camino is UNESCO World Heritage Site, it belongs to ALL of us! Send your concerns, (short and sweet) to:

proteccion.patrimonio.cultural@xunta.es ... the government arm ultimately responsible for protecting the Camino as cultural heritage. They need to enforce the laws already on the books!

xerencia.xacobeo@xunta.es ... the powerful government arm responsible for promoting the Camino. They'll pay attention if they hear from people outside Spain!
If you want to send actual post cards or letters, send me a note and I'll give you the postal address. For more info on the proposed mine, see FICS or MINATOUROOPINONON on FB.


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Camino(s) past & future
Francés, 2016; Português Central, 2017; Port. Interior, 2017; Primitivo, 2018; Port. Coastal, 2018.
There was a big demonstration against this in the square outside the Cathedral the day I finished the Primitivo at the beginning of June. Lots of media coverage, too.

I'd be surprised if this proposal gets all the way through. Too much local opposition.
Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
Gallego officials are used to ignoring local opposition. It's important that we Camino people from outside the district let them know we are aware of this threat, and we expect them to enforce the Patrimony laws that protect the Camino path.
It won't work if we just say "oh my." We have to say something.
At least I am!
Camino(s) past & future
VdLP-Sanabres-Fisterra (Summer 2015); Future? Levante-VDLP-Invierno (Feb/Mar 2019);
The map looks very close to the Camino Sanabres too :( Two major camino routes within 50 km of SdC.

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