Xstrata (Falconbridge/Noranda)

Viernes, Enero 2, 2009

Xstrata’s Koniambo project in the South Pacific French territory of Kanaky-New Caledonia, formerly owned by Falconbridge, is coming under increasing scrutiny and criticism. The proposed nickel mine, in the northern province of Kanaky-New Caledonia, will be one of the largest mines in the world when it is built. The territory, called New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Caledonie) by the French, is called Kanaky by its native Kanak inhabitants.

Viernes, Noviembre 28, 2008

Ten days ago, the Federal Chambers of Tucumán in Argentina brought criminal charges of environmental contamination against Julián Rooney, Vice-President of Bajo La Alumbrera, Argentina’s largest mining operation located in Catamarca and Tucumán. Rooney is free, but his possessions are impounded, and the company will appeal the ruling to the Court of Appeals, and possibly to the Supreme Court. This is the first ruling in all of Latin America against a mining company for crimes against the environment.

Viernes, Noviembre 28, 2008

Xstrata’s Koniambo project in the South Pacific French territory of Kanaky-New Caledonia, formerly owned by Falconbridge, is coming under increasing scrutiny and criticism. The proposed nickel mine, in the northern province of Kanaky-New Caledonia, will be one of the largest mines in the world when it is built. The territory, called New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Caledonie) by the French, is called Kanaky by its native Kanak inhabitants.

Jueves, Abril 13, 2006

MiningWatch Canada learned today, through an application under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act, that the two mining companies in Ontario with the largest environmental footprint have been allowed to "self-assure" their mining operations against closure and abandonment. The companies themselves estimate the cost of that clean-up as over $585 million.

Miércoles, Septiembre 7, 2005

With an estimated 25% of known nickel reserves, the tiny South Pacific island of New Caledonia is a priority area for Canadian mining corporations Inco and Falconbridge. Both companies are currently engaged in major expansions, and both projects are characterized by social, political and environmental controversy.

Viernes, Agosto 12, 2005
An earthquake on September 17, 2004 measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale caused a pipeline to break at the Alumbrera mine in Argentina, sending copper and gold concentrate into the Villa Vil river. An unknown amount of mineral concentrate filled approximately 2 kilometres of the Villa Vil river, which provides water for domestic consumption and irrigation to the municipality ...
Martes, Junio 3, 2003

MiningWatch Canada, in coordination with the Halifax Initiative, hosted Chilean activist Peter Hartmann from February 22nd to March 7th. Peter comes from Aysén in Chilean Patagonia, and is fighting Noranda’s proposed $2.75 billion Alumysa aluminum smelter.

Martes, Junio 3, 2003

From March 9-19 an eight-member delegation visited Canada from the French “overseas territory” of New Caledonia, also known as Kanaky, in the southwestern Pacific.

The trip, billed as a “fact-finding” mission, arose from deep concern in the indigenous Kanak community over Inco’s plans to build a massive nickel mine in the island territory.