• Report: #169124

Complaint Review: Anglo American Investments - Capital Tree Investments

  • Submitted: Fri, December 23, 2005
  • Updated: Sun, March 05, 2006

  • Reported By:westhampton beach New York
Anglo American Investments - Capital Tree Investments
Atlanta, Georgia U.S.A.

Anglo American Investments - Capital Tree Investments Con Artists who get greedy way too fast, ripoff. Atlanta Georgia

*Consumer Comment: first hand experience in seeing how Projects were led down the path of deception

*Consumer Comment: Contact the United States Attorney in Atlanta.

*Consumer Suggestion: how do we stop them

*Consumer Comment: Be a Man Anthony....

*Consumer Comment: anthony this is just the basis of your criminal problem

*UPDATE Employee: Here is our Responce

*UPDATE Employee: Here is our Responce.

*Consumer Comment: I am sure all posters here will wait for a positive response

*Consumer Suggestion: continued solicitations from Anglo ...even now.

*Consumer Comment: Anthony or is that Al - Prove yourself

*Consumer Comment: Anthony or is that Al - Prove yourself

*Consumer Comment: Anthony or is that Al - Prove yourself

*Consumer Comment: more crap from the atlanta con men

*UPDATE Employee: BHP Billiton in the province of La Guajira, Colombia

*Consumer Comment: al says he can "prove who he is"

*Consumer Comment: big al the lying con man

*UPDATE Employee: Harold, Get Real

*Consumer Suggestion: adenda to the above

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I had a couple days and some frequent flyer miles to burn before Delta goes out of business so took them up on their invitation to present. The 10 business plans were sent before. The setting of choice is the Crowne Plaza. They declined a meeting at their offices.

All the earmarks of the other scam posts were there... "we invest in individuals not ideas" which I thought was choice. Their cell phones rang constantly but they were sloppy. One disappears and calls the other... unfortunately I got got Al's cell phone number and saw it up on Anthony's cell phone.

One thing I am amazed at is that they have the gall to sit there and pretend to be interested when all their goal is to get their hands on upfront expenses.

I too was assured on a number of times that there were 1. no upfront fees..none....nada 2. we are the principals ..we are VC.

so the obligatory "fill in the 5 page risk sheet" type of thing...so halfway through the "risk factors" on one line I wrote as follows:

"company management never takes risks. we never front money to anyone. anyone who asks for it i just tell them to kiss off"

on the next line i wrote:

"if you guys are willing to put in 2.5 million with NO financials I've got a option on a bridge in brooklyn"

So the crack "london risk assessment office" obviously didn't read carefully.

Next day we meet for lunch. I'm shown "diamonds"..real plastic ones ..5 carates carried in an envelope in Anthony's pocket. Pictures of some dumb angolan diamond mine... pictures of dirt for god's sake... lots of pictures of Anthony sitting with some guys in China, walking down a street....my god...i was bored to tears and decided that the entire time was just a waste...but
wait wait there is more.

I did get them to buy lunch so i wasn't out much....so today i get emails...$20,000 wired so they can fly up and do a site visit and of course to cover the bahamas bank account, company opening, blind trust...da da da.

I opened that email at 3p today. at 330p i had sent the entire file, including notes from the Atlanta meeting to the FBI. by 4p i had filed complaints with just about everyone i could on the internet and at 5p i responded to anglo american with copies of a number of entries on this blog.

i think there are a number of criminal violations involved with identity theft...piggybacking identities in this case.....so perhaps, just perhaps their entertaining con game will disappear with a little help from the law enforcement community.

but it is impossible to believe that anyone can be as sloppy as these guys are...its just unreal that anyone would send them money and even more unreal that they can try and pull off this crap over two days without obvious conscience. sociopathic anyone?

i'll keep the blog informed as my criminal complaints progress.

H
long island, New York
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

first hand experience in seeing how Projects were led down the path of deception

AUTHOR: Paul - (Australia)

Hello,

I understand there are many who have been scammed by Mr Anthony Tobin and his associates.

With first hand experience in seeing how Projects were led down the path of deception.

A couple of you have asked to get in touch, unfortunately the moderators of this board will not allow contact information to be posted, which i feel is good.

But by all means you can find me also at Linkedin.com or Ryze.com and we can then private message each other. this is the only way I can see to do it.
Unless others have a better way.

We need to stop them once and for all, even the past court cases they have had was handled poorly.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Contact the United States Attorney in Atlanta.

AUTHOR: Harold - (U.S.A.)

Offices at the Courthouse and you can find them on the net.
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

how do we stop them

AUTHOR: Moses - (U.S.A.)

Paul

I have had the opportunity of being scammed by these wonderful gentlemen also (It is sad to know that I am not the only one though). I would love to help stop them, but would like to know how to get in contact with you directly... (not on this posting). I have talked with another getleman who has a PI that would love to locate assets for the purpose of confiscating them to get his $$$ back from the yahoos. Please let me know how to contact you so that I can give my 2 cents worth also... I would love to be there when the REAL Anglo American meets with them.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Be a Man Anthony....

AUTHOR: Paul - (Australia)

Anthony,

How gullible do you think I am, posting loads of information is very good, a 5 year old child can get this information.

How come you do not answer my simple request.

I ask again, only because you make these statements about De Beers profits.

I can bring some fairly high Executives from Anglo American that would love to meet you face to face. Would this not be good for you because then you would not have to go and attend a Board Meeting. They will come to you. It will take me 1 phone call and also there will be people that you say you have done business with as Anglo American.

hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why do I even bother, the truth is that you dont have the ability to face people because you have your offsider there to deal with it. But the doors are closing very fast and the net is getting smaller. Believe me when i say that many people will see to it that you will stop your scamming ways.

NOW BE A MAN AND ANSWER, DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR PROVE IT TO ALL WHO YOU HAVE STOLEN MONEY FROM.
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#5 Consumer Comment

anthony this is just the basis of your criminal problem

AUTHOR: Harold - (U.S.A.)

it isn't you. you aren't the one who is with the diamond interest. it is someone else with close enough name that you can piggy-back it...but IT ISN'T YOU.

YOU ARE JUST A JERK.
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#6 UPDATE Employee

Here is our Responce

AUTHOR: Anthony - (U.S.A.)

De Beers Annual Results 2005

De Beers Socit Anonyme (Dbsa) today reported headline earnings before class action payment for the year ended 31 December 2005 of US$824 million.

Anglo American plc (AA plc) arrives at its headline and underlying earnings in respect of De Beers by accounting for the interests arising from the ordinary shares and the 10% preference shares it holds in DB Investments (DBI).

AA plc will therefore report underlying earnings of US$430 million for the year ended 31 December 2005 from its investment in DBI, as reconciled in the table below:

Reconciliation of underlying earnings for the year ended 31 December 2005

US$ million
Total

DBI headline earnings before class action payment (100%)
824

Adjustments (1)
34

DBI underlying earnings before class action payment AA plc basis (100%)
858

AA plc's 45% ordinary share interest
386

Income from preference shares
44

AA plc underlying earnings
430

(1) Adjustments include unrealised gains and losses on non-hedge derivative instruments and the reclassification of the actuarial gains and losses booked to the income statement by Dbsa under the corridor mechanism of IAS19. As AA plc has early adopted the amended version of IAS19, this charge has been included in the deficit booked to reserves in prior years.

On 30 June 2005, Dbsa redeemed a second 25% of the preference shares originally in issue and on that date AA plc received US$175 million, representing 25% of its original US$701 million preference share interest. AA plc now holds US$350 million of preference shares in Dbsa.

In the year ended 31 December 2005, AA plc received a total of US$322 million in distributions from DBI, consisting of a US$90 million final dividend on ordinary shares relating to FY 2004, a US$68 million interim dividend on ordinary shares relating to FY 2005, US$26 million dividends representing the second payment on preference shares for 2004, interim dividends totalling US$26 million on preference shares for 2005, and a combined ordinary dividend and share premium repayment of $112 million relating to FY 2005.

In the year ended 31 December 2004, AA plc received a total of US$250 million in dividends from DBI, consisting of US$68 million dividends on ordinary shares relating to FY 2003, a US$112 million interim dividend on ordinary shares for 2004, US$35 million dividends representing the second US$35 million payment on preference shares for 2003, and interim dividends totalling US$35 million on preference shares for 2004.

Reconciliation of underlying earnings for the year ended 31 December 2004

US$ million
Total

DBI headline earnings (100%)
652

Adjustments (1)
3

DBI underlying earnings AA plc basis (100%)
655

AA plc's 48.65% ordinary share interest (2)
319

Income from preference shares
61

AA plc underlying earnings
380

(1) Adjustments include the impact of IAS32 and IAS39 which applied to Dbsa in 2004, but have only been adopted by AA plc in 2005, as well as the reclassification of the actuarial gains and losses booked to the income statement by Dbsa under the corridor mechanism of IAS19.

(2) As a result of De Beers' partial interest in Debswana Diamond Company (Proprietary) Limited (one of the shareholders in DBI), AA plc accounted for an additional 3.65% of DBI's post-tax earnings attributable to ordinary shares. As previously announced, the Debswana interest in DBI was ceded to the Government of the Republic of Botswana as part of a renewal of De Beers' mining licences in Botswana, agreed on 20 December 2004. Accordingly, from this date AA plc no longer accounts for this additional 3.65% interest.

Underlying Earnings

In previous reporting periods the Group has reported Headline Earnings as its primary earnings measure, using the definition of Headline Earnings which is required to be disclosed by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Limited ('JSE Ltd'), consistent with that given by the Institute of Investment Management and Research ('IIMR').[1]

Following the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards, as well as consideration of other restrictions of the definition, the Group believes that an alternative measure would provide a clearer picture of the underlying performance of the Group.

Consequently, the Group has adopted 'Underlying Earnings' as its principal measure of earnings. Underlying Earnings is net profit attributable to equity shareholders, adjusted for the effect of special items and remeasurements, and any related tax and minority interests. Special items are those items of financial performance which the Group believes should be excluded from performance earnings, and principally relate to impairment and significant closure costs, exceptional legal provisions and profit or loss on disposals. Remeasurements include unrealised gains and losses on non-hedge derivative instruments that are recorded in the income statement, and foreign exchange gains and losses on US$ denominated De Beers preference shares held by a Rand functional subsidiary of the Group.

Headline Earnings and Headline EPS for the Group will also continue to be reported to comply with JSE Ltd listing requirements, and a full reconciliation will be provided between Underlying Earnings and Headline Earnings.

The above figures are unaudited.
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#7 UPDATE Employee

Here is our Responce.

AUTHOR: Anthony - (U.S.A.)

De Beers Annual Results 2005

De Beers Socit Anonyme (Dbsa) today reported headline earnings before class action payment for the year ended 31 December 2005 of US$824 million.

Anglo American plc (AA plc) arrives at its headline and underlying earnings in respect of De Beers by accounting for the interests arising from the ordinary shares and the 10% preference shares it holds in DB Investments (DBI).

AA plc will therefore report underlying earnings of US$430 million for the year ended 31 December 2005 from its investment in DBI, as reconciled in the table below:

Reconciliation of underlying earnings for the year ended 31 December 2005

US$ million
Total

DBI headline earnings before class action payment (100%) 824

Adjustments (1) 34

DBI underlying earnings before class action payment AA plc basis (100%) 858

AA plc's 45% ordinary share interest 386

Income from preference shares 44

AA plc underlying earnings 430

(1) Adjustments include unrealised gains and losses on non-hedge derivative instruments and the reclassification of the actuarial gains and losses booked to the income statement by Dbsa under the corridor mechanism of IAS19. As AA plc has early adopted the amended version of IAS19, this charge has been included in the deficit booked to reserves in prior years.

On 30 June 2005, Dbsa redeemed a second 25% of the preference shares originally in issue and on that date AA plc received US$175 million, representing 25% of its original US$701 million preference share interest. AA plc now holds US$350 million of preference shares in Dbsa.

In the year ended 31 December 2005, AA plc received a total of US$322 million in distributions from DBI, consisting of a US$90 million final dividend on ordinary shares relating to FY 2004, a US$68 million interim dividend on ordinary shares relating to FY 2005, US$26 million dividends representing the second payment on preference shares for 2004, interim dividends totalling US$26 million on preference shares for 2005, and a combined ordinary dividend and share premium repayment of $112 million relating to FY 2005.

In the year ended 31 December 2004, AA plc received a total of US$250 million in dividends from DBI, consisting of US$68 million dividends on ordinary shares relating to FY 2003, a US$112 million interim dividend on ordinary shares for 2004, US$35 million dividends representing the second US$35 million payment on preference shares for 2003, and interim dividends totalling US$35 million on preference shares for 2004.

Reconciliation of underlying earnings for the year ended 31 December 2004

US$ million
Total

DBI headline earnings (100%) 652

Adjustments (1) 3

DBI underlying earnings AA plc basis (100%)
655

AA plc's 48.65% ordinary share interest (2)
319

Income from preference shares 61

AA plc underlying earnings 380

(1) Adjustments include the impact of IAS32 and IAS39 which applied to Dbsa in 2004, but have only been adopted by AA plc in 2005, as well as the reclassification of the actuarial gains and losses booked to the income statement by Dbsa under the corridor mechanism of IAS19.

(2) As a result of De Beers' partial interest in Debswana Diamond Company (Proprietary) Limited (one of the shareholders in DBI), AA plc accounted for an additional 3.65% of DBI's post-tax earnings attributable to ordinary shares. As previously announced, the Debswana interest in DBI was ceded to the Government of the Republic of Botswana as part of a renewal of De Beers' mining licences in Botswana, agreed on 20 December 2004. Accordingly, from this date AA plc no longer accounts for this additional 3.65% interest.

Underlying Earnings

In previous reporting periods the Group has reported Headline Earnings as its primary earnings measure, using the definition of Headline Earnings which is required to be disclosed by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Limited ('JSE Ltd'), consistent with that given by the Institute of Investment Management and Research ('IIMR').[1]

Following the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards, as well as consideration of other restrictions of the definition, the Group believes that an alternative measure would provide a clearer picture of the underlying performance of the Group.

Consequently, the Group has adopted 'Underlying Earnings' as its principal measure of earnings. Underlying Earnings is net profit attributable to equity shareholders, adjusted for the effect of special items and remeasurements, and any related tax and minority interests. Special items are those items of financial performance which the Group believes should be excluded from performance earnings, and principally relate to impairment and significant closure costs, exceptional legal provisions and profit or loss on disposals. Remeasurements include unrealised gains and losses on non-hedge derivative instruments that are recorded in the income statement, and foreign exchange gains and losses on US$ denominated De Beers preference shares held by a Rand functional subsidiary of the Group.

Headline Earnings and Headline EPS for the Group will also continue to be reported to comply with JSE Ltd listing requirements, and a full reconciliation will be provided between Underlying Earnings and Headline Earnings.

The above figures are unaudited.



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#8 Consumer Comment

I am sure all posters here will wait for a positive response

AUTHOR: Paul - (Australia)

Anthony,

Lets see if you will respond to this.

You say you are actually Anglo American. So that means you will have no objection in meeting face to face with some of the major corporations you are currently dealing with.

And remember you posted your big story here.

So I challenge you to meet, even in the comfort of Atlanta and in the comfort of the Hotels you use. I can set up a meeting with people you say you have done business with and dealt with as Anglo American. They are keen to do this.

And maybe we can hold a forum with these people and the people you have scammed to support you. You see maybe I am trying to help you????? Or should I see maybe its time you stand up and allow us to scrutinise you. With the people you have dealt with. I think thats a simple way, especially if the supporting people have agreed to meet in Atlanta. And of course there will also be Legal entities from your supporting people and the Legal entities of clients there as well.

How easy is that to substantiate your claims of who you are. Let us all see it in person. And by the way bring along all your legal documents of your company or associations, I am sure these will be required.

Maybe with this meeting you will be able to close a few deals.......mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...I doubt it.

There is the offer, and simple. You should have no problem with this considering you have such good knowledge and must understand it would keep everyone who posts negative about you quiet. I am sure all posters here will wait for a positive response from you on this matter.
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#9 Consumer Suggestion

continued solicitations from Anglo ...even now.

AUTHOR: Harold - (U.S.A.)

1. I never have nor will I ever give them a dime so the ripoff is an attempt and these postings are to warn others.

2. Since I started posting on Tony and Al and their scam, I have received a total of 7 e-mails from ANTHONY asking me to Atlanta to "present as they are ready to fund...yada yada....bring 10 copies of your business plan, etc."

3. So I'm all set to go see them again on the 23-24. It will be a hoot just to see their faces. Of course, I will have law enforcement with me so I can identify them to them.

I'll keep you all informed.
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#10 Consumer Comment

Anthony or is that Al - Prove yourself

AUTHOR: Paul - (Australia)

Oh my God Al or Anthony, who are you playing now.

You did a lot of research to get all that information. You and i know that the research was done by your sidekick.

If you are so good, please show all the people on this board and the many others you have fraudulently taken money from, your credentials.

And with this I mean where is a copy of your Company Incorporation, as well as the documentation stating you are a legal VC or Investor. As for the legalities I am sure that this information you can never provide.

And why dont you let everyone know why you change your name so frequently. Is it because when you scam a project you go into hiding????? As again i have another 2 groups who you have ripped off.

Before things get worse, why not prove yourself legally, then I am sure these reports will slow down. But legality is something i am sure you are unaware of.

Also you advised me of you using Lloyds of london as the underwriter I am curious with this as well.

Anyway. All who read this will notice I know a fair bit about what is happening here, and that is because it is actually Anthony Tobin and his merry men. And they have been doing this for at least 10 years. So be very careful, they never will fund a project as they do not have legitimate funding sources.
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#11 Consumer Comment

Anthony or is that Al - Prove yourself

AUTHOR: Paul - (Australia)

Oh my God Al or Anthony, who are you playing now.

You did a lot of research to get all that information. You and i know that the research was done by your sidekick.

If you are so good, please show all the people on this board and the many others you have fraudulently taken money from, your credentials.

And with this I mean where is a copy of your Company Incorporation, as well as the documentation stating you are a legal VC or Investor. As for the legalities I am sure that this information you can never provide.

And why dont you let everyone know why you change your name so frequently. Is it because when you scam a project you go into hiding????? As again i have another 2 groups who you have ripped off.

Before things get worse, why not prove yourself legally, then I am sure these reports will slow down. But legality is something i am sure you are unaware of.

Also you advised me of you using Lloyds of london as the underwriter I am curious with this as well.

Anyway. All who read this will notice I know a fair bit about what is happening here, and that is because it is actually Anthony Tobin and his merry men. And they have been doing this for at least 10 years. So be very careful, they never will fund a project as they do not have legitimate funding sources.
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Anthony or is that Al - Prove yourself

AUTHOR: Paul - (Australia)

Oh my God Al or Anthony, who are you playing now.

You did a lot of research to get all that information. You and i know that the research was done by your sidekick.

If you are so good, please show all the people on this board and the many others you have fraudulently taken money from, your credentials.

And with this I mean where is a copy of your Company Incorporation, as well as the documentation stating you are a legal VC or Investor. As for the legalities I am sure that this information you can never provide.

And why dont you let everyone know why you change your name so frequently. Is it because when you scam a project you go into hiding????? As again i have another 2 groups who you have ripped off.

Before things get worse, why not prove yourself legally, then I am sure these reports will slow down. But legality is something i am sure you are unaware of.

Also you advised me of you using Lloyds of london as the underwriter I am curious with this as well.

Anyway. All who read this will notice I know a fair bit about what is happening here, and that is because it is actually Anthony Tobin and his merry men. And they have been doing this for at least 10 years. So be very careful, they never will fund a project as they do not have legitimate funding sources.
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#13 Consumer Comment

more crap from the atlanta con men

AUTHOR: Harold - (U.S.A.)

in case anyone wants to know:

these jerks say they are ANGLO AMERICAN with "big mining interests" including pictures sniped from National Geographic of diamond minds.

HOW THEY WORK: THEY ARE PIGGYBACKING. THEY USE ANGLO AMERICAN BUT THEY AREN'T THE REAL ANGLO AMERICAN. ANTHONY OPPENHEIM PIGGYBACKS OFF ANTHONY OPPENHEIMER WHO IS ANGLO AMERICAN.

IF YOU GOOGLE ANGLO AMERICAN AND ANTHONY IT LOOKS LEGIT. ONLY WHEN YOU GOOGLE OPPENHEIM, ANGLO AMERICAN AND ATLANTA DO YOU COME UP WITH THE SCUM REPORT.

AVOID THESE GUYS. THEY ARE WHORES AND PIMPS AND CASH AND DASH AT BEST...SLIME AT WORST.
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#14 UPDATE Employee

BHP Billiton in the province of La Guajira, Colombia

AUTHOR: Anthony - (U.S.A.)

BHP Billiton in the province of La Guajira, Colombia

BHP Billiton holds a one-third interest in a Consortium which owns and runs Cerrejon Zona Norte, the biggest coal strip-mine in the world, in the province of La Guajira in northern Colombia. Other partners are Anglo American and Glencore.

In 1977 a Contract of Association was signed establishing a partnership between the Colombian governments Carbocol (Carbones de Colombia) and Intercor (International Colombia Resource Corporation), a fully-owned subsidiary of US multinational Exxon. It consisted of three phases: exploration (197780), construction (198086) and production (19862009). The project included the mine in the southern part of the Guajira peninsula, a 150 km railway from the mine northeastwards to the coast, and a port. The mine covers 38,000 hectares. The railway was designed for three locomotives, each pulling 100 wagons carrying 100 tons of coal each. There is a twelve-metre-wide support road running parallel to the railway at an elevation of four meters. The port, Puerto Bolvar, is on the western shore of the entrance to Baha Portete (Portete Bay), and is equipped to receive ships of 300 meters by 45 meters. It is the largest port in Colombia. In January 1999, Intercor received a 25-year extension to its contract.

The BHP Billiton/Anglo American/Glencore Consortium bought Carbocols share of the mine in October 2000 for $384 million, which Colombian minersunion SINTRAMINERCOL and other Colombian organisations believe to be well below its true value. The Colombian State decided to invest in coal production in the early 1980s when the price of coal was high. Enormous quantities of public money were pumped into the infrastructure (especially rail construction) which Intercor needed to make Cerrejon Zona Norte profitable. But because of its huge indebtedness, there was no way the Colombian State could recoup its costs during the projected fifty-year lifetime of the Cerrejon mining concessions. The sale of Carbocol was a response to pressure from the IMF to open up the Colombian economy to greater foreign corporate control and cut the States losses. It was a massive bargain for the Consortium. With its ownership of the adjacent Cerrejon Central coal mines, it controlled coal exports which amounted in 2000 to around 5 million tonnes from the Cerrejon Central zone and half the total 15 million tonnes from the Cerrejon Zona Norte out of a Colombian total of 34.41 million tonnes. In February 2002 the Consortium purchased the remaining half of Cerrejon Zona Norte from Exxon.

The European Union imports over 70% of Colombias coal, with Denmark, the Netherlands and Britain being among the biggest recipients. The Cerrejon mines now (2002) have a capacity of 22 million tonnes (just under a quarter of BHP Billitons total annual production) and the Consortium plans to increase this to 40 million tonnes at a measured pace. The additional tonnage would be for the European steam coal market. A recent European Union green paper on coal mining recommended diverting investment away from internal expansion and boosting imports.

Impacts of the Cerrejon Zona Norte mine on adjacent communities

From the beginning of operations at Cerrejon Zona Norte, local communities were forcibly removed. The village of Manantial was simply broken up by violence and dispersed without compensation to make way for mine construction.

In 1992 lawyer Armando Perez, representing the local villages of Caracoli and Espinal, brought suit against the Colombian Ministry of Health, claiming that contamination by coal and other dust, and the constant noise of the machinery, were prejudicial to the health of local residents. He argued that the Ministry had, in February 1991, declared a 1000-metre strip to be uninhabitable,and a 4,500-metre area dangerousbecause of the contamination, but had not taken any action to protect the residents. The Wayu are the Indigenous inhabitants of most of the area affected by the mine. The Wayu organisation Yanama (a Wayu word meaning collective work), established in 1982 to defend Indigenous rights in the face of incursions on their lands, had put together a 16-page study documenting the effects of pollutants, arguing that between 1984 and 1991 the health of the community had deteriorated significantly, and twenty-four deaths (out of a combined population of about 350) had been caused by exposure to toxins from the mine. After several appeals, the court ruled in favour of Yanama and ordered the company to guarantee the protection of the inhabitants of these towns. However, with the collaboration of the head of the Office of Indigenous Affairs in Uribia, the companys solutionwas to remove people from their homes to lands designated as an indigenous resguardo(reserve or reservation). At Espinal, police trucks arrived one day to remove the villagers to this resguardo, which was at the nearby village of Rio de Janeiro. Those who co-operated received some funding for new community facilities. Those who demurred were forcibly removed at night to an agriculturally unproductive, waterless place a few kilometres from the new site.

Residents in other villages close to the mine continued to suffer from the effects of blasting, coal dust pollution and loss of pasture land. Villagers in the African-Colombian community of Tabaco established a Relocation Committee (Junta de Reubicacion) in the 1990s to secure a formal relocation agreement with Intercor. They wanted not simply to be compensated financially but moved to a new site where they could continue living together as a community and farming the land. Intercor offered simple financial compensation at a level insufficient for the purpose. The company attempted to persuade the residents to accept its offer by making life in Tabaco intolerable. The church was ruined: Intercor/Carbocol bought it from the local bishop (even though it was the local people who built it and paid for it with their own money) and wrecked it. The communications centre and the clinic were closed by the local authority at the companys insistence. The hope was that villagers would simply give up and leave.

In August 2001, Intercor workers, accompanied by hundreds of armed police and Colombian troops, moved in to Tabaco and demolished the houses of those residents who had vociferously resisted removal without being offered an adequate relocation package. Injuries occurred as unarmed villagers attempted to stop the operation. The company continued the demolitions in December 2001 and completed the task in January, 2002, when the villages school, clinic and communications centre were finally destroyed and the cemetery desecrated and bulldozed despite the fact that it still contained the remains of villagersancestors. The communitys lawyer, Armando Perez, spent 37 days during December 2001 and January 2002 under house arrest for denouncing the complicity of a local judge in the companys actions.


BHP Billiton and its Consortium partners already owned 50% of Cerrejon Zona Norte when these violations took place, but they have attempted to avoid blame by pointing out that Intercor, not the Consortium, was the mine operator. The final destruction of Tabaco was Intercors self-interested parting gift to its parent Exxon (by this time, ExxonMobil) and its colleagues in the Consortium. It meant that Consortium partners could deny responsibility for the demolition while ExxonMobil could say that it was no longer involved. This is exactly what happened at the ExxonMobil Annual ShareholdersMeeting in Dallas, Texas, on 28th May 2002.


The Consortium retained as its President Hernan Martinez, who managed operations at Cerrejon Zona Norte during the demolitions. However, after an international campaign for his dismissal, he was quickly replaced.





Other communities facing displacement as the mine expands include Tamaquito, Roche, Chancleta and Patilla.

Impacts of mining operations at Oreganal and Cerrejon Central

Immediately to the south of the Cerrejon Zona Norte concession are those of Cerrejon Central and Oreganal. From 1995 - 2000, these were controlled by British/Australian mining giant Rio Tinto, with involvement from Anglo American and Glencore, through local subsidiary Carbones del Caribe. In early 2000, Rio Tinto sold its stake to Billiton (now BHP Billiton).

Mining at Oreganal has had similar impacts to the Intercor operations further north. At Viejo Oreganal (Old Oreganal), Rio Tinto, Billiton and Glencore bought up all the pasture land around the community and then started pressuring inhabitants one by one to sell up for prices on a par with those offered at Tabaco. As soon as a villager sold up, the company would construct large earth banks around the property. These banks collected standing water and became breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The church, school and community centre were deliberately destroyed and left as standing shells. Meanwhile, mining operations and test drilling moved ever closer to the community.

Resistance followed. A Relocation Committee was set up to demand land for land. The companies offered a compromise: they would pay for the construction of housing and infrastructure on land provided by the municipality (in this case, Barrancas), but housing would only be available to community members who already owned what the company considered to be a decent house. Since the homes of many residents were made of mud and small timber, they did not qualify. Land would only be provided in the form of small back yards. Many community members accepted, for want of anything else on offer. A new village, Nuevo Oreganal (New Oreganal), was constructed a few kilometres away. But a few families continued to resist. They remained defiantly in Viejo Oreganal, demanding an adequate relocation package. Constantly harassed by company security patrols, their resistance finally collapsed in 2001.

Impacts of the road, railway and port

Most of the communities immediately adjacent to all of these mines are of African or mixed Indigenous and African descent. The road and railway linking Cerrejon Zona Norte to the coast, however, cut through the heartland of Wayu territory to the north of the mine. When the contract was signed between Intercor and the Colombian government in 1977, the Wayu, who had occupied the area since well before the European invasion, lacked formal legal title to their land. To assist in the expansion of mining at Cerrejon, the Colombian government declared Wayu territory to be baldosor untitled land. In 1981 it granted Carbocol 29,000 hectares in four reservas(areas claimed by the government for economic development purposes) to build the road, railway and port and to quarry construction materials. Around 200 Wayu families were offered minimal compensation for land confiscation but it was both inadequate and culturally inappropriate as the lands taken were part of a much larger system of migration and kinship, not just the location of particular residences. One of the areas confiscated for construction materials included the sacred Cerro de la Teta mountain.

Aviva Chomsky, Professor of Latin American Studies at Salem State College, Massachusetts, explains: Along the northern coast, Wayu fishing in the Baha de Portete was halted as the harbor was dredged and turned over to the shipping of coal. Media Luna, a Wayu community of approximately 750 on the southern end of the bay, was the first permanent community to be displaced by the mine. After negotiations with Intercor in 1982 (punctuated by angry discussions and physical threats) residents agreed to move their homes, their farms and their cemetery to a nearby location in order to allow for the construction of the port. Despite a constant struggle with the pollution caused by the construction, when the company demanded that they move again a few years later, seven families (42 people) refused. The company walled and locked the area and surrounded it with armed guards. Despite constant harassment, including lack of water, refusal of building permits, and blacklisting of community members from employment, residents have remained there, living in conditions described by Yanamas President, Remedios Fajardo Gomez, as like a n**i concentration camp.

Chomsky continues: Yanama was successful in preventing Carbocol from leveling the Cerro de la Teta, though the sacred mountain remains inside the companys reserva. Some Wayu also triedmostly unsuccessfullyto appeal to government agencies charged with the defense of indigenous rights. The major strategy, was invasinor the establishment of residences directly along the railroad strip designed to establish a presence and prevent construction. In the summer of 1983, over 1000 ranchos had been built, effectively halting railroad construction. Yanama also worked to have Wayu territory declared a resguardo(granting title to the indigenous community as a whole). In 1996, a Wayu representative described the impact of the mine on his people at a meeting in Wisconsin: The construction of the mine had a devastating effect on the lives of approximately 90 Wayu apushis (matrilineal kinship groupings) who saw their houses, corrals, cleared ground and cemeteries flattened for the construction of a road from El Cerrejon to the new port of Puerto Bolivar, with no respect for indigenous rights. The excavation of the open pit has also caused the adjoining rivers and streams to dry up, along with people's drinking wells.A 2001 report documented the depressingly predictable long-term effect of the mine on the indigenous Wayu communities: the proliferation of alcoholism and prostitution, the loss of sacred spaces, a rise in death rates due to poisoning and contamination from the mine and its wastes, loss of cultural integrity and identity, and increasing poverty. The mines encroachment on indigenous lands has continued unabated over the last 20 years.

Anthony.
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#15 Consumer Comment

al says he can "prove who he is"

AUTHOR: Harold - (U.S.A.)

right al...

the only picture of you i expect to see is in the post office.
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#16 Consumer Comment

big al the lying con man

AUTHOR: Harold - (U.S.A.)

go ahead al.

send my application to anyone you want. makes me no never mind.

IN YOUR INFINITE STUPIDITY, YOU HAVE NOW SENT ME 2 COUNT THEM YOU DUMB NUMBNUTS...TWO INVITATIONS TO COME TO ATLANTA AND PRESENT TO YOU CON MEN IN JANUARY. ARE YOU SO STUPID?

AL, YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE A MOTHER (ALTHOUGH WE MIGHT WANT TO RETHINK IF SHE HAS A COLLAR AND CHASES CARS) .... WHAT WOULD SHE THINK OF YOUR LIFE AS A SLIMELY LITTLE PETTY CRIMINAL? DOES SHE SAY "MEET MY SON AL, THE CON MAN, LIAR, AND FREAK"?

You sleaze
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Harold, Get Real

AUTHOR: Al - (U.S.A.)

Harold,

I guess I should not be surprised by your posting on this website. You were called out on your "project" and you ran (just as we all figured you would).

You lied on this thread regarding the way you filled out your application (and anyone who wants a copy is welcome to contact me and I will give you a copy of his application, in his own handwriting, as proof)so why should anyone believe a word you have to say. I also would never believe that you have any intention of ever communictating with me again since you did not like the questions that I asked of you.

Your only response is this posting full of lies and name calling.

If you wish to resort to name calling that just shows how low of a person you really are and makes me thankfull that I never entered into any sort of business with you. You obviously can not manage yourself so how should anyone expect you to manage a company.

I can show to anyone who dares ask, who I am and the work that I have accomplished around the world. I can prove my track record! What about you?
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#18 Consumer Suggestion

adenda to the above

AUTHOR: Harold - (U.S.A.)

Just to be clear:

is anthony oppenheim the fairly tallish english accented fellow AKA by other names?

and, for what it is worth, after i sent a copy of Mr Spencer's blog to Anthony, i got 12 emails back in 10 minutes including curious one from SUSAN who answers the phone in a "most professional manner" and was upset that i questioned her veracity...

unfortunately her IP address is the same as Anthony's so i assume that they are all hunched over the same computer taking turns on the keyboard.
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