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The fight to stop titanium mining on the Kenyan coast is gaining some ground in the courts. On February 27, the High Court sitting in Mombasa, Kenya, issued a temporary injunction stopping the titanium mining firm — Tiomin Resources Inc. — from mining or prospecting for the mineral at Msambweni. The company has now made a formal application to have the injunction lifted. The injunction suspending the titanium mining was based on an application by 205 Maumba and Nguluku village farmers set to be displaced by the Canadian firm. The farmers said that if the project were allowed to proceed, their...
The Colomac gold mine , on Dogrib territory, was shut down in 1997, then abandoned by Royal Oak and transferred to the Federal government on December 13, 1999. Under its Water Licence, the company had posted a $1.5 million security deposit. At present it is on "care & maintenance" and awaiting clean-up. The mine tailings have a very high cyanide and ammonia content and a serious acid mine drainage problem, which getting worse, as well as other contaminants and waste on site. The eventual clean-up may cost more than $70 million.
The federal Treasury Board has established the Contaminated Site Management Framework. It has two parts: a policy for an inventory of contaminated sites and solid waste landfills. The policy was completed and posted on the Treasury Board website in June 2000. It is effective as of April 1, 2000; and a general policy in five to six parts for the management of contaminated sites under federal jurisdiction. This is currently underway.
A regional conference on submarine tailings disposal will be held in Manado, North Sulawesi in Indonesia between April 23-30, 2001. Submarine tailings disposal is the disposal of mine-mill waste or tailings into the sea through a submerged pipe, thus by-passing the international ban on ocean dumping which is limited to dumping from boats. Participants will come from Pacific countries where submarine tailings disposal is increasingly being practiced and promoted by the mining industry — Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and New Caledonia — as well as from countries where...
Australia's Mineral Policy Institute (MPI) is coordinating the writing of a book "The Silver Bullet: Communities Confronting Mining and Globalisation." Pluto Press have said they will publish the book if we can guarantee 700 pre-sales. The book is targeted to activists, but will also be of interest to academic readers. "The Silver Bullet" is an important contribution to the on-going strategising to force accountability of transnational mining companies and contest the form of globalisation. Written from the perspective of grassroots community and non-government organisation campaigns, the...
Undoubtedly, you own at least a small piece of Honduras, or some other gold-producing country. Many people do, though frequently they don't know it. About 84 percent of all gold extracted from the earth this year will go toward producing rings, necklaces and earrings for consumers in North America, Europe, India and the Arab countries.
On December 16, 2000, conflict over the development of a bauxite mine and alumina plant in the Kashipur region of Orissa in India turned violent with the killing of three innocent tribal people (Adivasis). During a meeting of villagers opposed to the mine, armed police entered Maikanch village and opened fire. Abhilas Jhodia (25 years of age), Raghu Jodhis (18) and Jamudhar Jhodia (43) died, and 8 others sustained serious injury. The tribal people of the area have been worried about displacement and loss of livelihood ever since the entry of multinational companies exploring for bauxite and...
On November 4th to 14th, 2000, representatives of the Subanen — indigenous people of the Philippine island of Mindanao — will be touring in Canada. They are seeking support in their efforts to assert their ancestral land rights in the face of aggressive mining exploration activities by Calgary-based TVI Pacific Ltd. Onsino Mato of the Siocon Subanen Association Inc., Father Albert Anthony Bael of the Committee on Mining Issues of the Diocese of Dipolog, Ipil, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Iligan and Marawi (DCMI), and Geoff Nettleton of Philippines Indigenous Peoples Links will arrive on November 4 for a...
The MiningWatch Canada small grants fund paid for sampling expenses for the Yukon Conservation Society and Carmacks community members to conduct field investigations and analyse samples at the closed Mt. Nansen mine in the Yukon. The company is now bankrupt and the federal government is responsible for the clean-up. "We were worried about the health of the fish and wildlife in the area, so we sampled the water ourselves," said MiningWatch board member, Sarah Johnnie.
In mid-October two Kenyan human rights lawyers, Willy Matunga and Haron Ndubi, toured Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa to raise awareness about plans for a disastrous mine in southern Kenya. They visited NGOs and community groups, as well as representatives of the proponent, Tiomin Resources Inc. , the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) , the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) , and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) . Tiomin Resources Inc., a Toronto-based mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, is expecting to strip-mine for titanium in the...