Rosia Montana
Rosia Montana Valley. Photo: BAS Photography on Pbase.

Of Vampires and a Zombie Mine in Transylvania

By Payal Sampat, International Campaigns Director for EARTHWORKS and originally posted on their EARTHblog. Transylvania, Romania, is known for its fictional vampires – this is the region where Bram Stoker set his classic vampire novel, Dracula, in 1897. Over a century later, the region is...

Submissions to the Federal Review Panel for Taseko's New Prosperity Gold Copper Project

On this page you'll find submissions from MiningWatch Canada to the New Prospeirty review panel, including our expert technical report on the net economic benefits of the project by Dr. Marvin Shaffer. This page also includes a few key submissions from other reviewers that relate to the comments...

New Prosperity Project Federal Review Panel – Closing Comments of MiningWatch Canada

This statement was given by Ramsey Hart at the last day of hearings for Taseko Mines'  New Prosperity Gold-Copper Project. It addresses three issues that MiningWatch commented on during the review process: the flaws in proposed mitigation measures, the importance of obtaining consent of affected...

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Responds to Allegations Regarding Porgera "Remedy" Framework

In response to appeals from MiningWatch and many other groups, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued an opinion regarding the framework of remediation initiatives developed by Barrick Gold Corporation for women who have been victims of sexual violence by...

Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire

Cliffs Should Stop Pointing Fingers, Check Its Corporate Ego Before Resuming Work on Ring of Fire

On Wednesday, US mining company Cliffs Natural Resources announced that it was ceasing work on the environmental assessment process for its high profile chromite project in the area of northern Ontario dubbed the “Ring of Fire”.

Protestors outside Barrick Gold’s 2013 Annual General Meeting
Protestors outside Barrick Gold’s 2013 Annual General Meeting

Global Condemnation of Barrick’s Effort to Secure Legal Immunity from Rape Victims

For many years Papua New Guineans, with the support of MiningWatch Canada and other international organizations, have demanded that Barrick Gold acknowledge a long-standing pattern of vicious beatings, rapes and gang rapes of local indigenous women by security...

Canadian Ambassadors, or Ambassadors for Canadian Mining Companies?

From Mexico to Greece, we have been observing and documenting how Canadian Embassies go to bat to defend the interests of Canadian mining companies against the demands of communities and despite egregious human rights abuses.

In May, we released a...

Algonquin Communities Push for Joint Review for Matamec’s Rare Earths Project Under New Federal Environmental Assessment Rules

For the past two years MiningWatch Canada has been collaborating with Wolf Lake and Eagle Village Algonquin First Nations as they grapple with a proposed rare earths mine. Matamec Explorations Inc. is proposing the construction of a 4,200...

Timminco leachate
Uncontained alkaline runoff at the abandoned Timminco magnesium mining and processing facility near Renfrew, Ontario

Is Mine Closure in Ontario Protecting the Public?

Across Canada past mining activities have left a legacy of degraded environments and contaminated sites that were not rehabilitated by the mine operators and became public liabilities. These have included extreme cases of the privatization of profits and the socialization of costs like the Giant...

Ontarians Still Waiting for Review of Mining Tax

Of Canada’s main mining jurisdictions, Ontario has the poorest record for retaining royalties or mining-tax revenues. This is thanks to a mining tax based on profit with generous tax credits to reduce profits for tax purposes, low tax rates and tax holidays. In response to calls from MiningWatch...

AMI protest
Alternative Mining Indaba delegates, led by Bishop Jo Seoka (in purple), march on the "Investing in African Mining Indaba"

Alternative Mining Indaba Brings Community Perspective to South African Mining Debates

South Africa’s economy was largely built on mining, and mining – for platinum, coal, gold and diamonds, among other things – continues to play a central role in South African politics and economics. South African mining companies are also a major force across the continent, but there is...

Ballot for community plebiscite
Ballot for mining plebiscite in municipality of Huitán, Guatemala. Jen Moore photo.

ICMM’s Tentative Commitment to Indigenous Rights and FPIC

In May the International Council on Mining and Metallurgy (ICMM) issued a new position paper, “Indigenous Peoples and Mining”. The position statement “sets out ICMM...

Background on Eldorado Gold’s Proposed Mines in Northern Greece

A delegation from northern Greece will be visiting Canada from May 26th to 31st, 2013, to alert Canadians to the current situation with Vancouver-based Eldorado Gold’s proposed Skouries and Perama Hill mining projects. The Greek delegation includes the...

Peter Kent
Environment Minister Peter Kent

URGENT ACTION: Tell Environment Minister Kent to Listen Up and Respect Algonquin First Nations

Update - August 6, 2013: The request for a joint review panel has been refused. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is proceeding with a standard environmental assessment with no public hearings...

International Delegation to El Salvador, May 10-13, 2013
International Delegation to El Salvador, May 10-13, 2013

Preliminary Report: Gold Mining and the Defence of Water in El Salvador

Report: International delegation to El Salvador releases preliminary report of findings following visit to three emblematic sites in and on the border of Latin America's most densely populated country where civil society is carrying out a struggle to ban metallic mining.

Rare Earth Elements - Background Information

This page provides a number of key background references and links to advanced stage Canadian rare earth projects. The materials present information on the environmental challenges associated with rare earths mining as well as the economic opportunities they present.