Blog Entries

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blog Entry: On Thursday, April 9th, the negotiating team for the Ejido Carrizalillo in Guerrero, Mexico, published a response to Goldcorp’s Vice President for Mexican Operations, Horacio Bruna. The team chastises the company directors in Mexico for treating them with disrespect and their proposal with contempt.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Goldcorp’s announcement Wednesday that it suspended operations at its Los Filos mine is a belated and misleading admission. The mine did not stop operating on the company's volition.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Even before former guerrilla commander Salvador Sánchez Cerén is inaugurated as President of El Salvador, his administration is saddled with an unnecessary $301-million liability -- a lawsuit over El Salvador's refusal to allow an environmentally perilous gold mine to be built.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Communiqué: Mexican organizations and communities have issued a searing public statement to the heads of state of Canada, the US and Mexico who will meet in Toluca, Mexico on February 19th. The declaration expresses opposition to the free trade framework and related policies that further entrench the interests of extractive industry, while communities continue to suffer the harms of their operations without redress or respect for their right to self-determination.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

At MiningWatch we live and breathe news about mining. But what’s good news for companies and their investors may be bad news for affected communities and anyone concerned about issues like human rights, the environment, economic justice, government accountability…(the list is long). We have to give ourselves a slap up the head every once in a while and face the fact that mining controversies are not yet household issues.

Monday, January 27, 2014

How is it that when community leaders are wrongfully targeted in the aftermath of violence connected with Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine they spend months in jail, while the company’s former head of security who faces criminal charges for his alleged role in the violence last April is first given house arrest and then allowed to avoid prison by arguing that he is sick?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The December 6 commentary in the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business by David Parkinson (Ring of Fire could get burned by heavy-handed tax regime - subscription required) rightly draws attention to the low tax rate applied to mining in Ontario. However, Parkinson is entirely off the mark in concluding that we ought not follow Quebec’s example of implementing modest increases in our tax rates because Quebec has scared away exploration companies.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Since the mid-2000s the global mining industry, led by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) in London, has been engaged in a re-branding exercise: marketing itself to the world as a vehicle for development, against overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Friday, November 29, 2013

In the days and weeks ahead, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake are going to be standing up to the Quebec government over the Ministry of Natural Resource's intransigent refusal to respect past commitments to cooperate with the community in the management of the forests within the community's traditional territory.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Communities affected by First Quantum Minerals’ massive Sentinel copper mine project in Northwest Zambia have been resisting the project for more than three years.

Friday, November 29, 2013

In our June newsletter, we wrote about the ongoing abuse of the human rights of victims of rape by security guards at Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea (95% owned, operated by Barrick).

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counsellor (CSR Counsellor) was announced with much government fanfare in October 2009 as a central “pillar” in the government’s “CSR strategy” for Canada’s extractive sector. The CSR Counsellor was to provide remedy for people who had been harmed by the overseas operations of Canadian extractive companies by mediating disputes.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The 149th Session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington DC this Friday will hear from delegates from Colombia, Honduras, Peru, Chile and Brazil about the negative impacts of Canadian mining activities in the region, highlighting the Canadian government’s role.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Guest blog by Kevin O’Reilly, Alternatives North, Yellowknife: The Giant Mine operated at the edge of the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, from 1948 to 2004. As the gold-bearing ore was processed, the mine generated a toxic by-product, arsenic trioxide – a proven non-threshold carcinogen. For the first three years of operations, the arsenic trioxide went straight up the stack and then came down on the surrounding land and water, killing at least one Dene child and local milk cows. The family of the dead child received $750 as compensation.

Friday, October 18, 2013

In the Philippines, the island province of Marinduque is known as a cautionary tale about the ravages of irresponsible mining. It took Canadian mining giant Placer Dome a couple of decades to wreak environmental destruction on major coral reefs in Calancan Bay and to severely contaminate the Mogpog and Boac Rivers with toxic mine waste – none of which has ever been cleaned up. The ongoing environmental impacts are only part of the story.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

News that the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) has been spying on Brazil’s Mines Ministry starts to expose the extent to which the Canadian government is willing to go in the corporate interest. The scandal in Brazil is consistent with what Canadian authorities have been doing at home and through the diplomatic corps around the world, but goes a step further. It demonstrates that, beyond political and commercial support, the Canadian government is willing to even jeopardize important trade relationships to give the Canadian industry an upper hand.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Late last week, the Ross River Dena First Nation learned that the Supreme Court of Canada would not hear the Yukon Government’s appeal of an earlier decision that sharply rebuked the territory’s free entry mineral staking regime. This means the earlier decision of the Yukon Court of Appeal stands.

Monday, September 9, 2013

In the final days of the federal environmental assessment hearings for the hotly contested “New Prosperity” gold-copper mine project, proponent Taseko Mines attempted to discredit the overwhelming opposition to the project by Tŝilhqot’in and Secwepemc people and by many non-First Nation people from the Cariboo-Chilcotin region. In its final submissions and since then in the media, the company has made claims about organized “misinformation” campaigns against the project.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

By Payal Sampat, International Campaigns Director for EARTHWORKS and originally posted on their EARTHblog.

Rosia Montana Valley. Photo: BAS Photography on Pbase.

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 threatened not by fictional vampires but a very real – and far scarier – monster: the Rosia Montana mine.

Friday, June 14, 2013

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”.

Monday, June 3, 2013

A ballot for a community referendum on mining.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 members’ approach to engaging with Indigenous peoples and to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).” Twenty-two mining companies make up ICMM, including Canadian majors Barrick, Goldcorp, Inmet, and Teck.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

As Eldorado Gold holds its annual shareholders’ meeting in Vancouver today, Canadians may ask themselves why the company’s plans to mine gold in northern Greece are meeting such strong resistance from residents and even some local authorities. There are really only two problems: what the company is planning to do, and how it is going about doing it.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

An Australian coal mine.Two Australian research organizations recently released a review of the economic assessments of Australian coal projects and found that the proponent-generated reviews greatly overstated the benefits and understated the costs of the projects.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

MiningWatch Canada is a founding member and supporter of the Coalition Québec meilleure mine (translated as the Better Mining Coalition with a clever pun – “mine’ also means face or apperance in French).  For over five years now the Coalition has been pushing an agenda of mining reforms in Quebec. Thanks to their hard work raising issues, building grassroots political support and putting forward coherent policy proposals  things are shifting dramatically in Quebec putting industry on the defensive. Unfortunately, as with many things, there has been little news of these developments in the media outside of Quebec.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Canadian government’s big announcement for this year’s Prospectors and Developers Association conference (PDAC) wasn’t the renewal of tax credits for “flow-through” shares – a $100 million dollar a year subsidy for exploration companies – or even a creative new way of diverting international development aid money to support Canadian mining projects in the developing world. No, it was a pair of investment agreements, one with Cameroon and one with Zambia.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lolita Chávez says it is love of life that motivates her to risk her own as an outspoken Maya K'iche' activist against racism, mining, and hydroelectric project developments in the highlands of Guatemala.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Secwepemc territory in south-central BC. I was invited by the Neskonlith Band to speak with them about the Ruddock Creek project, a proposed lead and zinc mine in the headwaters of the Adams River. Inspired by their own traditions and teachings, and by a similar effort by the Oji-Cree community of KI, members of Neskonlith have drafted a water declaration stating the importance and sanctity of their watersheds and their opposition to mining in the territory.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The deal that Barrick Gold is offering women who were raped and gang raped by employees of its Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea is not "fair" as a Globe and Mail editorial deemed this week. And it's not only Barrick that's delayed far too long in addressing these egregious abuses.

Friday, January 18, 2013

MiningWatch recently had an opportunity to comment on an important document that will guide Cliffs Natural Resources in drafting  the environmental assessment of their Chromite project in the Mc Fauld's Lake or Ring of FIre area of northern Ontario.

Monday, December 17, 2012

This past spring, the federal government, through its omnibus ‘budget’ bill C-38, introduced an entirely new, and spectacularly diminished, environmental assessment law for Canada. So far the government has failed to engage experts, or the public, on fixing the key regulations under the new law.