Cascade corporation sanctioned for US $200.000 for destroying archeologigical
heritage and environmental damage
Thursday, April 03, 2003
The firm, Compañía Industrial Puerto
Montt, through its representative Robert B. Crawford (Boise Cascade Corporation
and Maderas Condor, S.A.), owner of the Cascada Chile Project, was found
guilty of destroying a valuable archeological site in the area of the Bay
of Ilque, 22 kilometers from the city of Puerto Montt (Lakes Region, Chile).
In an historic decision, judge Juan Carlos Silva Opazo of the Second Court
of First Instance of Puerto Montt, (Trial # 612-99) accepted the complaint
titled Reparation and Compensationbrought by the Consejo de Defensa del
Estado Chileno (Defense Council of the Chilean State) against the Cascada
Chile Project. He further ordered:
The restoration and reparation of the physical
environment and its integrity that was affected in the area of Ilque. Compensate
the State of Chile, for the sum of US$200,000 dolars (two hundred thousand
dolar), for destroying archeological sites in the Bay of Ilque.
This sanction is the largest economic fine imposed
on a company for destroying archeological heritage and the Chilean environment.
The decision of Chiles justice system follows the repeal of the rights
to the beach, sea bottom, and part of the water for the port of embarkation,
by Chiles Board of Maritime Territory (Directemar), which was issued on
July 31, 2001 through Decree 245, for failure to comply with contract.
It should be highlighted that Cascade Chile is
still the owner of several properties in the Bay of Ilque and maintains
control over other properties leased directly from directly the Chilean
government, and opportunely making lease payments, which remains in effect
until February 2003. (General Treasury of the Republic Archive # 4087450
of 12/5/2002 for $ 1.707.889 dollars). This contradicts statements made
by Boise Cascade Manager George Harad, who assured that his company does
not have property in Chile and no interest in continuing the project.
From the above text, it is possible to conclude
that the constant falsehoods from George Harad y Boise Cascade Corporation
about the true intentions of the Cascade Chile Project, and the current
delicate situation in Chile, create the suspicion that Boise Cascade Corporation,
unable to put this project into effect in past years, has artificially
maintained this project alive, whether it be for searching for the necessary
funds for its development, or as a form of international investment to
justify paying less taxes in the USA, which would be a flagrant violation
of tax-evasion in the country to the north.
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