Friday, April 11, 2003

(Rosia Montana, Romania, April 11, 2003) Alburnus Maior today has learned of a series of serious restructuring efforts within Gabriel Resources' management team.

Gabriel Resources ('Gabriel') is a junior Canadian based resource company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (T.GBU), planning to develop Europe's largest open pit gold/silver mining project in Rosia Montana, Romania's Apuseni Mountains.

Friday, April 4, 2003

Remarks by Scott Hand — unoffical transcript
Yaté-Mt.Doré Community Meeting
Friday, April 4, 2003

Monday, March 24, 2003
In a referendum held March 23, 2003, residents of a town in Argentina's pristine Patagonian region declared a resounding "no" to gold mining. In an 80 percent majority-- out of a 75% turnout-- the citizens of Esquel (population 30,000) voted against a proposal by Meridian Gold to dig an open-pit gold mine less than 7 kilometres from their town. "The Esquel community has expressed its ...
Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Ottawa, March 18, 2003 — Earlier today representatives of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) met with a delegation of Indigenous people from the Island of Kanaky-New Caledonia in the South Pacific. The two groups convened the meeting to discuss strategies and share experiences in the promotion and protection of their rights as Indigenous Peoples.

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Mines owned or run by Meridian Gold have created serious toxic pollution in at least three locations in the United States. One of the largest emitters of atmospheric mercury in the US is the Jerritt Canyon Mine in Nevada, which was part-owned by Meridian until its recent sale. This mine emits more than 10 times the amount of mercury released by a typical US power plant. The tailings facility at Jerritt Canyon has been leaking since it was constructed in the 1980s.

Sunday, February 23, 2003
The Taku watershed, shared between British Columbia and Southeast Alaska and home to the Taku River Tlingit, is again threatened after BC's December reapproval of Redfern Resources' Tulsequah Chief project. The project is opposed by BC and Alaska First Nations, environmentalists, many local residents, and the Southeast Alaska ...
Sunday, February 23, 2003

There is strong public interest in "Looking Beneath the Surface", the in-depth report on mining subsidies prepared by the Pembina Institute and MiningWatch Canada, and released on October 28, 2002.

Over 8000 copies of the report and the executive summaries were downloaded from the website or distributed in hard copy within two months of the report's release. Environmental groups, communities facing the impacts of mining and unions are telling us that the report is very valuable to them in their work.

Mining industry lobbyists are angry.

Sunday, February 23, 2003

On December 30, 2002, the Fraser Institute, a Canadian right-wing think tank, released a report rating the attractiveness of different mining jurisdictions to mining companies. The objectives of the report are clear: the Institute says: "We hope that this survey and companion index will encourage policy makers to create fair, stable, and consistent regulatory frameworks in which mining companies, as a proxy for other industries, can operate without experiencing what appears to be institutionalized bias."

Sunday, February 23, 2003
For almost two years now, federal, provincial governments, the mining industry, Canadian Environmental Network representatives and Aboriginal reps have been working to form the National Orphaned/Abandoned Mines Initiative (NOAMI), based on recommendations made in a report commissioned by MiningWatch ...
Sunday, February 23, 2003
The federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Robert Thibault, has announced that the Yukon Placer Authorization will be phased out over the next four years. There have been serious, long-standing concerns about the impacts of placer mining on freshwater fish and salmon in the Yukon. The Yukon Placer Authorization is a blanket authorization under Section 35 of the Fisheries Act which ...
Sunday, February 23, 2003

On December 5, 2002, MiningWatch Canada made a submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, Northern Development and Natural Resources regarding Bill C-2, the long awaited Development Assessment Process for the Yukon, now known as YESA, the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act.

Sunday, February 23, 2003

Since 1999, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has been attempting to develop sustainable development indicators (SDIs) for the Canadian minerals and metals sector. In brief, each of the indicators chosen is to represent a measurable and significant component of the minerals sector from a sustainability point of view. All indicators together, when measured regularly, should over time provide information on whether the Canadian minerals and metals sector is progressing towards greater sustainability, or not. Phase one of this effort ran from 1999-2000.

Sunday, February 23, 2003
A technical workshop on arsenic was organized by the Mining Association of Canada and CANMET, in association with the Arsenic Workshop Organization Committee. It was held in Winnipeg on November 7 & 8, 2002. There were about 74 participants from federal and provincial Government, industry, academia, consulting firms, aboriginal societies. Catherine Coumans was one of two CEN representatives. Minutes ...
Sunday, February 23, 2003

On 26 December, 2002, a vehicle belonging to TVI Pacific Mining Co. of Calgary, Alberta was ambushed on its way to the TVI camp at their proposed mine site in Canatuan, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. As a result 13 people including TVI security guards and their friends and relatives were killed and a further 11 wounded. The company and government have identified Muslim rebels as the likely perpetrators. Military units have poured into the area. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (the main Muslim rebel group) has however denied any responsibility for the incident.

Sunday, February 23, 2003

Thai villagers have been involved in a lengthy struggle to stop the development of what would be Thailand's first large scale underground mine. Villagers have been blocking the site for months, organising numerous demonstrations, and have recently collected 5000 signatures petitioning against the mine. The mining company involved is Canada's Asia Pacific Resources (APR). APR is a small exploration company headquartered in New Brunswick (with offices in Vancouver) whose only asset is the Thai property.

Sunday, February 23, 2003

On October 24 last year, the Group of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and other Forms of Wealth in the Congo, a UN panel struck to research this issue, submitted its report to the United Nations.

Sunday, February 23, 2003
On January 14, 2003, Triton Minera S. A., a 95% owned subsidiary of Black Hawk Mining signed a new two-year agreement with the Union "Pedro Roque Blandon" representing the workers at its El Limón Mine in Nicaragua. Workers had been without a contract since October, 2001. The signing of the new agreement brings an end to a series of ...
Sunday, February 23, 2003

Peter Hartmann, a Chilean environmentalist and opponent of a planned new aluminum smelter in Patagonia, will be visiting Canada in late February.

Sunday, February 23, 2003
The newest and largest gold mine of the century is in Argentine Patagonia, and Vancouver-based Meridian Gold wants it badly. The local population, however, is largely opposed to the project, and will be taking it to a plebiscite on March 29th. The open pit mine will be located only 7 kilometres from the beautiful city ...
Sunday, February 23, 2003
MiningWatch Canada has recently received funding for a research project to examine ways and means to revitalize the economies of mining-dependent communities, and to make policy recommendations based on these findings. More than 100 communities like Elliot Lake, Sudbury, Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Wawa, Trail, Murdochville and Lynn Lake, have grown up around mines and smelters, and became ...
Thursday, February 20, 2003

We have been disappointed, but not surprised, at the tone of some of the mining industry's responses to our report, Looking Beneath the Surface: An Assessment of the Value of Public Support for the Metal Mining Industry in Canada. The study, released in October 2002, examined the subsidization of the metal mining industry by Canadian governments, and the industry's contribution to the Canadian economy over the past decade.

Friday, February 14, 2003

Handout prepared for the Environmental Mining Council of British Columbia.

Monday, February 3, 2003

Mr. Kent Lupberger
Manager, Mining Investments
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
2121 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington DC 20483
3rd February, 2003

Re: Request for information on IFC financing of Somboon Potash mine in Udon Thani province, Thailand

Dear Mr. Lupberger,