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Time to Clean Up BC Mining
W rite to BC's Premier now! Just as Premier Christy Clark announces more direct and indirect subsidies to the mining industry, groups are calling on the BC government to better industry practices and stronger regulations to protect the environment, communities, and taxpayers from further environmental liability related to mining. The Wilderness Committee recently released a new publication (or here ) – produced with support from MiningWatch Canada and Clayoquot Action – demanding that BC’s mining industry clean up its act and be constrained by tougher environmental laws governing the creation...
Thousands Demonstrate Against HudBay's Constancia Mine
This week, thousands of affected-community members protested against HudBay Minerals ’ Constancia open-pit copper mine in southern Peru. The Velille Defense Front (FUDIV) convened the 72-hour peaceful preventative strike , which took place from Monday to Wednesday. The communities decided to protest after invitations to government and company officials requesting talks over economic, social and environmental issues received no response. Human Rights Without Frontiers – Cusco reported that the protests “had a massive turnout,” receiving supported from the major social organizations in the...
Constancia copper mine
After failed attempts to dialogue with HudBay Minerals , the Velille Defence Front, community presidents, community boards, the Chumbivilcas Defence Front and nearby districts have announced a preventative strike for 72 hours starting January 25, 2016 against the company’s Peruvian subsidiary HudBay Perú S.A.C. HudBay’s open-pit Constancia copper project is located within the districts of Velille, Chamaca and Livitaca, in the province of Chumbivilcas, department of Cusco, Peru. The community organizations of Velille are demanding that the company meet various economic, social and...
Pierre Alarie
The Canadian Ambassador to Mexico is apparently not worried about violence, kidnapping and extortion at Canadian mine sites. This despite a Canadian mining executive having admitted this year to the Business News Network to having a good working relationship with organized crime groups in Sinaloa, workers being kidnapped and killed at a Canadian mine site in Guerrero, and half a community fleeing from their homes because of threats and violence around yet another Canadian mine in Guerrero. Speaking to the press in Guerrero, Mexico on Friday during an annual mining fair that took place in...
Efemçukuru
By Üstün B. Reinart for the Aegean Environmental Platform (Turkey) Community groups, professional associations, and environmentalists want Eldorado Gold out of Efemçukuru, Izmir, while the company manœvres behind closed doors to illegally increase capacity three-fold. Eldorado Gold Corp (through its Turkish arm Tuprag) is operating a controversial gold mine at Efemçukuru, near Izmir, Turkey. Efemçukuru is near a village known for its olive groves, vineyards, forests, and organic agriculture, on a hillside behind the city of Izmir. Efemçukuru is within the catchment area of Tahtali...
Los Filos
Among questions about the Syrian refugee crisis and Canada’s military deployment abroad, the central role of the Canadian mining industry in the dispossession and forced displacement of many thousands of people around the world, including countless men, women, and children murdered, wounded, and raped, deserves serious attention when Harper, Trudeau and Mulcair head into the Munk Debate on Canada’s Foreign Policy in Toronto this Monday. While it is unlikely that a debate that carries the name of one of Canada’s biggest mining magnates will permit critical questions about Canadian mining...
The Supreme Court of Canada
In a small but significant step towards ending corporate impunity for destroying the environment and people’s health, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Ecuadoran villagers should be allowed to try to get hold of Chevron assets in Canada, to collect on the $US9.51 billion that Ecuadoran courts had awarded them for extensive pollution of the Amazon rainforest. MiningWatch Canada intervened in the case ( Chevron Corp. v. Yaiguaje, 2015 SCC 42 ) in order to support the idea that transnational corporations should be held to account for their abuses, regardless of where they took...
Otto Pérez Molina
If the militarized security strategy that Tahoe Resources used to put its Escobal silver mine into operation isn’t enough to raise questions about the ethics of the company’s operations in Guatemala, the recent resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina should be. Pérez Molina stepped down on September 2 after Congress voted to strip him of his political immunity. A week later, he was indicted on charges of illicit association, customs fraud, and bribery for his involvement in a customs network that robbed tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money.
State of Seige in Guatemala
Canada’s multinationals work hand-in-hand with corrupt governments and threaten democracy in post-conflict Central American nations. Canadian mining companies account for 75 percent of the world’s extractive corporations. Canada is literally digging up the globe. Minister of Foreign Affairs Ed Fast says, “Canada’s mining sector … leads the world in responsible mining practices, and we are proud of the prosperity that this sector is creating at home and in every corner of the globe.” However, the political, social and environmental costs are far greater than the Canadian government or mining...
TSF failures
A new study reveals that catastrophic mine waste failures are increasing in frequency, severity, and costs all around the world. The authors point toward poor regulations, poor practices, dicey mining economics, and ever larger mines as key factors behind those disasters. This dangerous trend needs to stop. The study by Bowker and Chambers, Risk, Public Liability & Economics of Tailings Storage Facility Failures , found that nearly half of all recorded ‘serious failures’ happened in modern times, between 1990 and 2010. It calculated an average cost of $US 543 million for the...