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Tom Shrake, chief executive officer of Canadian mining company, Pacific Rim, shows a rock drawn from a gold and silver excavation area in San Salvador. (Lissette Lemus/New York Times)
Tom Shrake, chief executive officer of Canadian mining company, Pacific Rim, shows a rock drawn from a gold and silver excavation area in San Salvador. (Lissette Lemus/New York Times)

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Pacific Rim Mining locked in closely watched fight with El Salvador Add to ...

Tom Shrake, the American mining industry veteran who heads Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining Corp., is nothing if not an optimist.

He’s had no end of troubles: His staff in El Salvador have faced intimidation at gunpoint by local opponents of his proposed mine. Anti-mining groups have accused his company of involvement in the killings of local activists, charges he vehemently denies and for which he says there is no evidence. And the government of the tiny, impoverished country has decided to block all mining within El Salvador’s borders out of fear that a mishap could contaminate the country’s water supply.

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