Protesta-Putaendo
Protest in Putaendo, Chile. Source: Putaendo Resiste

Support Chile’s “First Territory Free of Mining” – Send a Message to the Canadian Ambassador to Chile

On April 20, in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis and a terrible drought, the Environmental Evaluation Commission of Valparaíso, Chile, approved mining company’s “Vizcachitas Holding” new drill program in the regional municipality of Putaendo, without citizen participation. Since 2007, the...

Teztan Biny
Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), Tŝilhqot’in territory, British Columbia, which the Tŝilhqot’in Nation has fought to protect from Taseko Mines’ proposed “Prosperity” mine for almost three decades. Photo courtesy Tŝilhqot’in National Government.

Supreme Court of Canada Confirms Death of Zombie “New Prosperity” Mine Project

In a victory for the Tŝilhqot’in Nation, but also for the integrity of environmental assessment processes, the Supreme Court of Canada today dismissed Taseko Mines Ltd.’s application for leave...

CEO Mark Bristow responds to questions about Porgera mine at Barrick Gold AGM 2020

Barrick Gold AGM 2020 – CEO Mark Bristow Responds to Questions about Porgera Mine

On May 5, 2020, Barrick Gold held its annual general meeting (AGM) online. I attended (as a proxy shareholder) along with McDiyan Robert Yapari of Akali Tange Association in Porgera, Papua New Guinea, and raised questions regarding human rights abuses at the company’s Porgera mine in Papua New...

CEO Mark Bristow responds to questions about North Mara mine at Barrick AGM 2020

Barrick Gold AGM 2020 – CEO Mark Bristow Responds to Questions about North Mara Mine in Tanzania

On May 5, 2020, Barrick Gold held its annual general meeting (AGM) online. I attended via a proxy and raised questions regarding human rights abuses at the company's North Mara mine in Tanzania.

Barrick is again facing legal action in the UK over accusations of excess use of force by...

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May Day COVID-19 Report - Highlights

May Day COVID-19 Report

In honour of May Day this year, MiningWatch Canada has assembled the following summary of reported COVID-19 outbreaks affecting mine workers at Canadian owned/operated mines across the world.

The list is not exhaustive, and relies heavily on media-reported outbreaks (as of April 30...

COVID-19
Colour transmission electron microscope image of a section through a cluster of corona viruses. © Science Photo Library/Dr. Gopal Murti

COVID-19: Mining Companies Putting Workers and Communities at Greater Risk

Mining executives are washing their hands, alright — they’re washing their hands of responsibility for their workers’ and communities’ well-being.

In not acting quickly to curtail or halt operations in light of COVID-19, mining companies are...

"This is how we wake up and face Teck's work, every day." Daily dust from blasting settles over Andacollo, Chile. (source: affected community member)

Chilean Mayor Asks Teck to Protect Municipality, Warns Population Vulnerable to COVID-19 Due to Mining Contamination

Teck Resources’ Carmen de Andacollo mine in northern Chile has come under scrutiny for the way it is reacting to the COVID-19 crisis as the number of cases in that country continues to rise.

The mayor of the municipality of Andacollo, Juan Carlos Alfaro, spoke...

Guatemala’s Constitution states that resistance is legitimate when done to protect and defend human rights.
Banner at peaceful protest near Escobal mine. Guatemala’s Constitution states that resistance is legitimate when done to protect and defend human rights. Photo: Sandra Cuffe

Communities Defend Public Health Against Mining and COVID-19 in Guatemala

The peaceful resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa, and Jutiapa in southeastern Guatemala has struggled since 2010 to defend the health of their communities from the Escobal mine. Since June 2017, they have maintained a 24-hour roadside encampment to prevent traffic from reaching the mine...

Boac River
Boac River Mine Disaster of 1996, from a PowerPoint by Myke Magalang of Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns

Still No Justice for Marinduque’s Mining Victims

Twenty-four years after a catastrophic mine waste disaster on the small Philippine island of Marinduque filled a 26-kilometre river with mine tailings from the mountainous mine site to the sea, Marinduqueños still seek compensation for this disaster from Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold....

Photo: Young protesters from Laguna Fría demonstrate against the modification of the law 5001 that prohibits mining in Chubut. "Water is more precious than gold!" they claim. Source: Assembly in Defense of the Territory

Canadian Mining Companies in Argentine Patagonia: 'Go Home and Stay Home!'

Seventeen years after the Esquel referendum (March 23, 2003), funding dirty metal extraction projects seems further away than ever.

Author: Luis Manuel Claps

Until just a month ago, official media represented the expansion of the...

Morawetz
Honorable Geoffrey B. Morawetz, Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Bankruptcy Court Informed of Misleading Information in Mining Company Lydian’s Affidavit

[Guest blog by the Armenian Environmental Front] On February 28, members of the Armenian Environmental Front addressed a letter to Honorable Geoffrey B. Morawetz, Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Commercial List, specialized in insolvency cases, who presides...

Casillas
Communities in resistance gather at encampment in Casillas, Guatemala near the Escobal mine. Photo credit: NISGUA

Global Mining Corporations Have a Friend in the New Guatemalan Government

The new president has appointed a former mining executive to a high-level post, worrying indigenous communities that have long protested the company’s harmful extraction activities.

Karonsi'e Dongi Protest
Karonsi'e Dongi Protest, January 2020

MiningWatch and JATAM Write to Vale Indonesia and Vale Canada to Support Karonsi'e Dongi Demand for Electricity

MiningWatch Canada joined JATAM, the Indonesian Mining Advocacy Network, in writing to Vale Indonesia and Vale Canada to renew a request that the company support the restoration of the electricity to homes of the Karonsi’e Dongi people in Bumper, East Luwu, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

@EnriqueViale
Protest in front of Government House in Mendoza, Argentina, against use of toxic chemicals in mining. Photo via Twitter (@EnriqueViale).

Background on Pro-Mining Law Amendments in Mendoza, Argentina

On December 20th, the Provincial Court of the Argentinean province of Mendoza amended an anti-mining Law (#7722) to permit the use of dangerous...

Banro's Twangiza mine, DRC

Banro Corporation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The international community remains concerned with the ability of transnational mining corporations to operate outside the law, with a lack of enforced accountability for violations committed. Banro Corporation, operating gold mines in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (...

La vida como un ejemplo a seguir tiene un nombre, GLORIA.

Gloria Chicaiza Physically Gone But Forever Remembered

We wish to express our deep sense of loss for our comrade, Gloria Chicaiza Aguilar, who succumbed to complications from a lung transplant on December 28, 2019. 

Gloria (Glorita) was a strong and courageous woman who fought tirelessly for a just and ecological Ecuador, an Ecuador free...