[From the website – relevant pages with excerpts:]
… Along with the large government and business controlled mines, small unregulated mining operations are popping up all over the plateau. Due to low salaries, minimal health and safety standards, and weak environmental laws, normally uneconomic mineral deposits can be mined profitably by Chinese companies. Corrupt officials are willing to cut costs even more.
- Tibet is under forced military occupation by China. In such a situation, is mining by foreign companies an ethical practice?
- How many Canadian companies are involved in mining on the Tibetan plateau? Which companies? Why Canada?
- What is the Canadian connection with the railway to Lhasa that enables commercial mining on the Tibetan plateau in the first place?
Following the opening of the Golmud-Lhasa railway line in 2006, there has been a massive boom in mining operations on the Tibetan plateau. In March 2010, the Chinese government announced plans for exploiting over 110 proven varieties of minerals (with 3,000 potential mining sites) on the Tibetan plateau, worth more than US$125 billion—with large reserves of copper, chromium, gold and lithium, to mention a few minerals, as well as large oil and gas reserves. Tibetan nomads have protested new mining operations, which poison drinking water and kill herd animals. On top of this, dam-building has expanded considerably across the plateau. End result: China wants the traditional grazing lands of the Tibetan nomads, and are forcing them off these lands….