Newsletter 21: Winter 2005-2006

Sábado, Abril 8, 2006
Canadian gold mining company Placer Dome, recently acquired by Barrick Gold, has confirmed reports coming out of the remote Papua New Guinea highlands that security guards at its Porgera gold mine have been shooting at, and killing, villagers. Placer Dome is owns a 75% interest in, and operates, the ...
Sábado, Abril 8, 2006

According to various analyses, a joint venture involving Kinross Gold, and which is now being taken over by Katanga Mining Limited, gives the multinationals access to huge pieces of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s state mining company, Gécamines (La Générale des Carrières et des Mines) at “fire sale” prices.

Sábado, Abril 8, 2006

On February 25, 2006, the Canada Gazette published a “Notice with Respect to Substances in the National Pollutant Release Inventory for 2006”. In “General Criteria”, Section 3(1)(h), the mining exemption now only applies to “pits and quarries”.

Sábado, Abril 8, 2006
On March 15, 2005, the CBC aired a story titled “Mine site air heavily laden with asbestos” about the Baie Verte Mine in Newfoundland. The story was based on a provincial government study that CBC obtained through a freedom of information request. The study shows that the former mine — which produced more than two million tonnes of asbestos between 1950 and 1985 — ...
Sábado, Abril 8, 2006

MiningWatch Canada is currently participating, as a member of the Canadian Environmental Network (CEN), in a multistakeholder review of the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER). The MMER were originally promulgated under the Fisheries Act (section 36) in 1977. The revised regulations came into force in 2002 — following a 12 year review process — with a new appendix, “Schedule 2”, that was added at the very end of the review process. Schedule 2 identifies tailings impoundment areas.

Sábado, Abril 8, 2006
Almost five years after the Globe and Mail published a full page story that raised an alarm about silicosis among gold miners in the Hemlo Camp in northern Ontario, little has changed. The Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers explains silicosis this way: “Breathing dust containing free ...
Sábado, Abril 8, 2006

(Revised November 2006.) Investigating mining as it relates to aspects of the economy, the environment, and communities; a cross-curricular programme relating Reading, Geography, and Science, this package contains everything needed to deliver an effective, skill-based unit. Prepared by Beth Nicol and Marilyn Crawford. Available as a PDF file (2.3 MB) (58 pages). Published by the Canary Research Institute of Mining, Environment and Health.

Sábado, Abril 8, 2006

The town of San José Las Flores in Chalatenango overlooks the hills the mining company Au Martinique Silver claims to be rich in gold and other precious minerals, according to its March presentation to investors posted on the Martinique web site. However the community of 200-plus families is not overly tempted by the company's offers of development, employment, schools, and other infrastructure projects.