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Field Assessment Brief by Catherine Coumans, PhD., July 2017 June proved to be a hot month for Canada’s Barrick Gold Corp. (Barrick) and its London-based 63.9%-owned subsidiary Acacia Mining plc. (Acacia). Both in Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam and at the North Mara Gold Mine ltd. [1] (North Mara) problems escalated for the companies. On June 12 th , the Tanzanian Government released a second report by a Presidential Committee of experts [2] examining the economic and legal activities of Acacia’s operations. This report followed the release of an explosive Presidential Committee report in...
Guatemala’s Constitution states that resistance is legitimate when done to protect and defend human rights.
Following the suspension of two of Tahoe Resources’ mine licences in Guatemala on July 5, Tahoe Resources’ suppliers, workers and the Guatemalan Industrial Association have engaged in a smear campaign in the Guatemalan press against the Centre for Environmental, Social and Legal Action (CALAS) and its members for having brought the claim against the Ministry of Energy and Mines that led to the decision. The defamation puts CALAS and its members at risk of further violence. On Wednesday July 5, the Guatemalan Supreme Court of Justice announced that it was temporarily suspending two of Tahoe...
Lung cancer in mining
Diesel fumes, silica dust and radon gas—to name three examples of well-known air pollutants in mines— continue to affect thousands of miners across Canada and the world. Too little attention is paid to the health costs and impacts of this reality. Thanks to the work of organizations such as the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) in Ontario, Canada, we get to know a bit more about this ongoing reality. Yesterday, at the first “ Lung Cancer and Prevention in Mining Symposium ” held in Sudbury, Paul Demers from OCRC made a powerful plea for more government and industry action to prevent...
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Yesterday, Clean Energy Canada released a study supporting more metal mining in Canada to support clean energy development. While pointing out that the Canadian mining industry falls well short of social and ecological “responsibility”, the report’s promotion of raw materials extraction is oddly anachronistic. And while some new metal mines may be needed to meet the demand for new clean energy technology, the real need is probably quite limited – and really requires more careful consideration. The report, Mining for Clean Energy , does acknowledge that metal mining can harm the...
Share widely! BC First Nations say ‘NO’ to KHGM’s Ajax open pit mine near Kamloops and propose instead the creation of a Cultural Heritage Site to foster reconciliation for the benefits of all Canadians. See great video launched today https://vimeo.com/222291883 or www.facebook.com/MiningWatch/posts/10154978495333026 “ Pípsell is a cultural keystone area which must be preserved in a state consistent with the traditional importance of the site to the Secwépemc people. Pípsell must only be used in ways which preserve and sustain the area, and which allow for the culture of the...
Mining pollutes and mining kills
On 30th March 2017 legislators in El Salvador approved a blanket ban on all metal mining activities in the country – the first country in the world to do so. The historic vote came just six months after a World Bank tribunal ruled in favour of the country’s government in an international investment arbitration case brought by a Canadian mining corporation. by Thomas Mc Donagh and Aldo Orellana López If ever there was an example of how the seeds of a local battle flowered into a formidable global campaign, it was this one. At a time when organised dissent is both under attack and more urgent...
"Just as we can’t plan a neighbourhood one road — or house — at a time, we cannot plan for sustainable economies, healthy ecosystems, and First Nations interests one project at a time." Cheryl Chetkiewicz and Justina Ray, https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2017/05/29/ontarios-ring-of-fire-development-plan-has-major-flaws.html
In the numerous press releases and reports that it published over the past year, Eldorado Gold Corp claims that its Skouries and Olympias projects in northern Greece are progressing smoothly. However, having failed to overcome the opposition of the local community, the company is now also facing a series of legal challenges and obstacles that are kept away from the shareholders’ eyes. In a decision published on 11 April 2017, the Greek government announced its intention to take Eldorado Gold to arbitration over a possible breach of contract [1] . The issue at stake is to determine whether...
Our new blog about the positive and less positive impacts associated with the expansion of the electric car (in French only for now).
This is shocking and sad news for those workers. What will the authorities do about this? We are trying to get our hands on this report. http://www.news1130.com/2017/05/24/dozens-of-labrador-mining-staffers-show-signs-of-lung-disease-report-finds/ by THE CANADIAN PRESS Posted May 24, 2017 9:05 am PDT ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A new medical report has found that 35 people who worked at mining properties in Labrador have signs of silicosis, a lung disease that can develop from breathing in silica dust. The report by Horizon Occupational Health Solutions monitored the effects of exposure to silica dust...