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Drummond Generates Profits and Misery in Colombia

In March 2001, a right-wing paramilitary death squad…[killed] the president and vice-president of the local chapter of the Colombian union Sintramienergetica, which represents the [Drummond’s] mine’s workers…In 2002, a suit was filed in U.S. Federal Court on behalf of Sintramienergetica claiming that the company had “aided and abetted” the paramilitary perpetrators of the murders. While Drummond denies the allegations, a sworn statement by former Colombian intelligence officer Rafael García supports the union’s claims...As [Drummond's]...Pribbenow Mine has grown, so have social and health problems in the nearby town of La Loma...Drummond has contributed to some infrastructure improvements in La Loma...However...[t]he dust generated by the company’s giant 25,000-acre open-pit mine permeates everything in La Loma...According to one local resident, “Many people here suffer from respiratory ailments due to the dust in the air.”...The constantly expanding open-pit coalmine is also proving harmful to the local environment...[T]he Danish government’s recent[ly] announce[d] that Denmark’s state power company would no longer purchase coal from the company until the U.S. court case has been settled. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Drummond to respond to the article, but it declined to respond]