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World’s Largest Mining firm opens office in Ecuador – TARGET IS COPPER

David Stringer, Laura Millan Lombrana, and Stephan Kueffner

BHP has opened office in Ecuador along with Newcrest, Hancock
Value of nation’s mining sector could hit $7.9 billion by 2021BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s biggest miner, has opened an office and is seeking to add staff in Ecuador as it advances a search for copper in a nation that’s becoming the sector’s exploration hot-spot.

“There is no doubt that the interest is increasing, so much so that we can talk about a new phase for mining in Ecuador,” Izurieta said by phone from Quito. “Ecuador is one of the world’s last mining frontiers, but it is under-explored and under-developed. There is a great window of opportunity.” Read Article

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Geologist Searching for Two Lost Cities of Gold in Ecuador

Kitco News)/Neils Christensen – The geologist behind Lundin Gold’s Fruta del Norte, a nearly 5 million ounce gold project, is heading back into the Ecuadorian jungles to find potentially two “Lost Cities of Gold.” While the proposal sounds like a script for a new Indiana Jones movie, geologist Keith Barron, president of Aurania Resources (TSX.V: […]

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Ecuador expects mining investments to increase 360%

Ecuador expects mining investments to increase 360% in the next four years compared to the period 2013-2016, totalling more than $4 billion. MINING.COM/Cecilia Jamasmie / Ecuador is quickly gaining ground as a mining investment destination in Latin America thanks to a revised regulatory framework and a major investor engagement campaign that has already attracted around […]

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Ecuador: Progress Stalls Out over mining Dispute between govt and Shuar Indigenous Group

In Ecuador, progress stalls on mining dispute between government and indigenous Shuar people 8 March 2017 / Daniela Aguilar Adapted by Romina Castagnino The militarization of the community of San Carlos de Limón in Ecuador’s province of Morona Santiago has triggered the displacement of indigenous Shuar populations who live in areas adjacent to a major […]

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Pan-American Highway – 19,000 miles long

The Pan-American Highway covers 19,000 miles. By Steven CasaleBob Marley once sang that “life is one big road with lots of signs.” If he was singing about the biggest, he must’ve meant the Pan-American Highway. Stretching from the frozen north of Alaska to the glacial tip of Argentina, the Pan-American Highway runs the most miles—or […]

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Peru: Protests block roads to copper mine

reuters.com – Protests over public work projects in a remote highland region of Peru have blocked roads used by MMG Ltd to transport copper concentrates from its mine Las Bambas, a representative of the ombudsman’s office said on Wednesday. Hundreds of residents of the town of Challhuahuacho marched on Wednesday for a third consecutive day […]

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Ecuador: Abducted Soldiers released by irrregular group in mining conflict

Ecuador Indigenous Group Releases Soldiers Abducted in Mining Conflict telesurtv.net reported … “Freedom and dignity of people are not negotiable, and in Ecuador no one is above the law,” said Ecuador’s Defense Ministry. Two soldiers who were abducted by an irregular group in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador were released on Saturday in the midst […]

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Tension in Morona Santiago Ecuador continues, two soldiers held by Shuar

expreso.ec / Two soldiers continue to be held by Shuar Indians in the Amazonian province of Morona Santiago (southeast), where there is a mining conflict of considerable proportions. The Ministry of Defense, which demands the “immediate release” of the soldiers, also reiterated its position of not negotiating within the framework of “violence and illegality of […]

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Ecuador hoping to attract billions for mining investments

mining-technology.com reported major players including BHP Billiton and Hancock Prospecting are set to sink an estimated $1bn of foreign direct investment into Ecuador’s nascent mining industry this year. Julian Turner finds out what’s in store as companies line up to take advantage of a glut of new mining licences. After a hiatus of six years, […]

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Ecuador: Analysis of Artisanal, small-scale gold mining

ANALYSIS OF GOLD EXTRACTION PROCESSES OF ARTISANAL AND SMALL-SCALE GOLD MINING IN PORTOVELO ZARUMA, ECUADOR By ADRIANA DE OLIVEIRA GONÇALVES Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) play a significant role in local economies and communities of several developing countries. Worldwide, ASGM is one of the biggest sources of mercury pollution. Every year, artisanal miners release […]

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State of Emergency declared in Morona province after death of police during attack on mine

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED A police officer was killed and several others injured during a clash between authorities and members of the Shuar community in San Carlos Panantza parish, Morona Santiago Province. The Shuar were apparently trying to take back a mining camp. President Correa said, “this barbarism will not go unpunished, whatever the cost, […]

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Ecuador: Puyo-Macas road closed in protest by Shuar over mining concession to Chinese

The Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) this morning reported that since the closure of the Puyo-Macas road at the height of 50 km as a measure of rejection Nankints militarization of the province of Morona Santiago is maintained. This after earlier this week Shuar indigenous mining facilities Panantza-San Carlos project in Nankints in […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Mining could threaten Azuay province water supply

Pablo Orellana Matute/wagingnonviolence.org/ wrote: Nestled amid the Andean mountains, Cuenca — Ecuador’s third largest city — has long been known for its bounteous sources of fresh water. This is thanks to its privileged location within the Maziso del Cajas, a newly declared UNESCO biosphere reserve. However, over the last decade, its underlying gold and silver […]

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Ecuador: Questions as to who murdered Indigenous leader, a critic of Rafael Correa

Dan Collyns/bbc.com reported…José Isidro Tendetza Antún’s battered body was found in an unmarked grave and loved ones blame his death on his opposition to $1.4bn Chinese-backed mine Dark clouds loom over the Tundayme bus station where José Isidro Tendetza Antún said goodbye to his family for the last time. The moody skies above the Cordillera […]

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Peru: Illegal mining causes mercury pollution, emergency declared

phys.org reported Peru declared an environmental emergency on Monday in 11 Amazon jungle districts where mercury pollution blamed on unregulated gold mining is poisoning people and fish. Tests in the southeastern Madre de Dios region found “mercury pollution above the maximum permitted level, affecting river water, water species and local populations,” said a report announcing […]

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Colombia: Dangerous Quest for Emeralds

Washingtonpost.com report – 2015 Since before the conquistadors, men have dug for emeralds in the soil of this steep-walled jungle valley. The gemstone bounty found here fueled the empire of Victor Carranza, the feared billionaire “emerald czar” who vanquished his rivals in bloody battles that left some 6,000 dead. Now all that Burgess could see […]

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Ecuador: Investment in mining to reach $600 million in 2016

Mining will be a source of fresh resources to the national economy, in a year characterized by low growth and a contraction of public investment. Unlike the oil sector, which remain contracted, met expectations of low prices for the 2016; investment which will require the construction of major large-scale mining projects will be around USD […]

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Venezuela forced CITGO into insolvency to avoid liability, says claim

After nationalizing one of the world’s largest untapped gold reserves, Venezuela forced Citgo into insolvency to avoid multibillion-dollar liability, a Canadian mining company claims in court. Located in the southeast Venezuela, near a town appropriately christened El Dorado, Las Cristinas is Venezuela’s largest unmined gold reserve. In a federal complaint filed Monday, Toronto-based Crystallex International […]

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Ecuador hopes to attract mining investment to make up for lower income from oil sales

mining.com reported Ecuador aims to attract at least $750 million in foreign mining investment during the first quarter of 2016 by opening new areas rich in gold and copper for exploration. The tiny nation, feeling the pinch of long-sustained weak oil prices, has high hopes that mining incentives and tax benefits will polish its tarnished […]

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Ecuador: Mobilization, Protests to resume on Wed. Sept. 16, 2015

news.mongabay.com/Sandra Cuff reported…The streets of Ecuador will fill with colorful flags and footsteps again on Wednesday as indigenous organizations and other groups renew protests over government policies. The planned marches come on the heels of nation-wide protests that wracked the country in August, drawing many thousands of participants. These resulted in arrests, clashes with military […]

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Ecuador: Investigation reveals illicit gold moving to U.S. on commercial flights

By Fabiola Torres López / OJO PÚBLICO ecuadorreview.com/ While the Ecuadorian government militarizes illegal gold-mining camps to evict the small-scale miners from territories granted in concession, Guayaquil Airport is a sieve for shipments of gold of suspicious origin. After traveling to Ecuador and getting access to previously unknown records of gold exports, OjoPúblico discovered that […]

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Ecuador: Investigation continues in death of Shuar activist regarding Chinese mines

theguardian.com …. Dark clouds loom over the Tundayme bus station where José Isidro Tendetza Antún said goodbye to his family for the last time. The moody skies above the Cordillera del Condor would have been a familiar sight to the indigenous leader as he set out on 28 November to join a protest meeting against […]

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Mexico: 8.5 million dollar gold heist at mine refinery likely inside job

japantimes.co.jp reported a robbery of $8.5 million in gold from a mine refinery in Mexico’s western Sinaloa state was likely an inside job, authorities said Wednesday. Sinaloa’s interior minister, Gerard Vargas Landeros, told reporters that the caper at the facility of Canada-based McEwen Mining Inc. had to have been pulled off by either employees or […]

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Ecuador to develop 36 mining projects

Ecuador to spur development of 36 mining projects By Alex Emery – iii.co.uk reported Ecuador’s government, which halted mining operations in 2008 in a bid to redraft mining legislation, said it now plans to spur 36 projects to produce gold, copper and molybdenum. The Andean country has lined up 96 projects in the mining and […]

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Tensions Mount Between Illegal Miners and Indigenous group on Peru, Ecuador border

EFE/elcomercio.com reported The regional government of Amazonas warned the central government of Peru on the hostility that is recorded in northern Peru among the Pueblo Indians Aguaruna and illegal miners entering Ecuador Peruvian territory, said Wednesday February 25 regional institution a statement. The vice president of Amazon, Carlos Navas, met in Lima with officials of […]

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Tolima Colombia: Six Armed Men Steal $250 Million in Gold from mine

radiosantafe.com reported six heavily armed men entered at 3:00 am on Wednesday at a gold mine located in the village of Las Animas, municipality of Santa Isabel, and stole more than 200 million pesos in gold. The mine is in charge of the company Risources Limited. (Risources Limitada) According to early reports from authorities, hooded […]

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Giron Ecuador Residents to vote on gold exploration

telesurtv.net reported… While affected communities are excited about employment prospects, they are also worried about the health and environmental impacts of gold exploration. A community in southern Ecuador will vote in a referendum over whether to continue gold exploration. Although residents of Giron in the Azuay Province are excited about the prospect of more employment, […]

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Mexico holding Chinese ships suspected of containing iron ore from drug cartel

hellenicshippingnews.com reported authorities in Mexico have been holding four Chinese ships and their crews since May as they try to end drug cartels’ involvement in iron ore sales. Some 95 Chinese crew members are on the ships, sources with knowledge of the matter say, and they are encountering health problems related to being stuck on […]

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Kinross Gold to sell Ecuador gold project after clashes with the govt.

theglobeandmail.com reported Kinross Gold Corp. has agreed to sell its mothballed gold project in Ecuador for $240-million (U.S.) to Fortress Minerals Corp., a company controlled by the Lundin family. The sale of Fruta del Norte is a relief for the beleaguered Kinross, which was forced to write down the asset after clashing with the Ecuadorean […]

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Canadian Mining Firm to pullout of Ecuador: Concludes the country not a friendly environment to conduct exploration

Canuc Divests its Mining Interests in Ecuador Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – October 17, 2014) – Canuc Resources Corporation (TSXV: CDA) (“Canuc” or the “Company”) wishes to report that it has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of the Company’s wholly owned Ecuadorian subsidiary to Mr. Jorge Guzman of Quito, Ecuador. The agreement calls for […]

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Chile: Supreme Court Haults development of Canadian owned gold mine

bbc.com reported Chile’s supreme court has halted the development of a gold and copper mine owned by the Canadian conglomerate, Goldcorp, until indigenous communities are consulted. The court upheld an appeal filed on the El Morro mine by the Diaguita community in northern Chile. The community said the mine, worth almost $4bn, could pollute a […]

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U.S. Disengagement from Latin America: Compromised Security and Economic Interests

U.S. Disengagement from Latin America: Compromised Security and Economic Interests Testimony before the House Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere March 25, 2014 Ilan Berman Vice President American Foreign Policy Council ___________________________________ Chairman Salmon, Ranking member Sires, distinguishe d members of the Subcommittee: Thank you for the invitation to appear before you t […]

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Ecuador: Five Areas Of Potential Uranium Reserves

Hoy.com.ec reported from 24 to 28 November 2008, the Ecuador made public its project RLA3006. It was during the meeting called “Development of activities on uranium production cycle”, that was developed in Brazil, where the Ministry of electricity and renewable energy (MEER) and the Undersecretary of Control, research and nuclear applications (NAICS) explained plans for […]

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Ecuador looking to Chile for mining investments

hoy.com.ec reported government authorities and social leaders of Ecuador will visit Chile next week with the objectives of attracting investments and know examples of responsible mining in the country, said today the Ministry coordinator of strategic sectors. The Ecuadorian delegation will be headed by Minister Coordinator of strategic sectors, Rafael Poveda, authorities of the national […]

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Cananea Mexico: Criminal Complaint Filed against copper mine for toxic spillage, schools closed

BBC.COM reported up to 5,000 pupils have not been able to start the school year in the northern Mexican state of Sonora after a toxic spillage from a copper mine. The authorities said 88 schools were not able to open this week for fear pupils could come into contact with water contaminated with acids. The […]

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Ecuador: Mining Concession Granted in Protected area of Quito Metropolitan District

A mining project is planned for this biodiverse area of Quito, despite community opposition. upsidedownworld.org / Gkillcity.com There is a rain forest in Pacto, and rivers, waterfalls and pre-Incan remnants of the Yumbo people. This part of the western Andes mountain range ecosystem preserves endemic plant species such as the ivory nut-producing palm and a […]

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Colombia: 90% of Mining in Choco, illegal, environment being devastated

eltiempo.com reported the number of dredges operating in the Department increased by 180% between 2012 and 2013. 90 per cent of mining in Chocó is informal or illegal and driven by armed groups. Mining in Chocó shows many faces, some disappointment and others hope. But there is a single true situation: 90 per cent of […]

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Peru: Children, Adolescents Discovered working in Illegal Gold Mining

elcomercio.pe reported Children and indigenous adolescents develop illegal mining activities and have contact with toxic substances. A number still not determined in indigenous children working in the illegal extraction of gold in Amazon. Photos obtained by The trade confirms this serious problem in the basin of the Cenepa river, in the province of Condorcanqui. With […]

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Guatemala: Court rules in favor of idigenous group in Sipacapa over transantional mining

upsidedownworld.org reported a Guatemalan court ruled in favor of the indigenous people of the municipality of Sipacapa over transnational mining in the area. The court says the Guatemalan government must respect the right to information and consultation with the local population before granting any kind of mining permits. Read Article

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Potosi Bolivia: Grave with 400 unearthed, belieed to be colonial miners

According to BBC.com, a grave containing at least 400 people has been unearthed in the Bolivian city of Potosi, with the remains thought to be those of colonial-era miners. The grave was found by workers carrying out excavations for the construction of a new building. The mine at Potosi became the world’s biggest after silver […]

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Guatemala: opposition to mining, threat to national security

upsidedownworld.org reported San Rafael Las Flores has become a strange place where everyone is wary of each other and distrustful. Since May 2013, after the surrounding municipality of Santa Rosa declared a State of Siege, that’s how things have been. In the streets, the parks, and the small corner shops, people cautiously observe everything that […]

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Guatemala: Nickel Mine reopens after 30 years, violent clashes

theguardian.com reported Central America’s biggest nickel mine reopens amid violent clashes Guatemala’s Fenix mine, closed for 30 years, faces disputes over land ownership and lawsuits for gang-rape and murder. The biggest nickel mine in Central America has restarted operations amid violent clashes between indigenous people and security forces, disputes over land ownership, and ongoing lawsuits […]

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Mexico most expensive country for mining investments in Latin America

mining.com reported Mexico has become Latin America’s most expensive country for mining investments, as the country is rolling out its energy reforms approved last year, which increases taxes from 5% to 7.5%, charged as a percentage of profits. Gold and silver miners are the ones that will hurt the most, as they now have to […]

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Ecuador: Large Scale Mining Operation to begin in 2017, Owned by Chinese

WSJ.com/Mercedes Alvaro reported Ecuador expects its first large-scale mining operation to start within three years as a Chinese-owned copper project moves forward, a high-level government official said. The Minister of Non-Renewable Natural Resources, Pedro Merizalde, said that the Mirador project, owned by Chinese mining company Ecuacorriente is expected to start production in 2017. “Works are […]

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Guatemala: Peaceful protesters of gold mine operated by U.S. concern, evicted

James Rodríguez reported (vice.com) Since March 2012, hundreds of local community members from San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc, Guatemala, have peacefully blocked the entrance to US-based Kappes, Cassiday & Associates’ El Tambor gold mine. Locals argue the industrial project will consume their already short supplies of water and believe there was no […]

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Ecuadorians learning Chinese have growing clout with mining project

Chinese banks ignore pleas of Ecuador mining campaigners chinadialogue.net – David Hill writes the failure to respond to an NGO letter challenging investment in the Mirador mining project has played to Ecuadorian fears about China’s growing clout. The Mirador copper mining project in Ecuador’s richly biodiverse Cordillera del Condor is under the control of Chinese […]

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The Darkside of Gold Mining in Peru, Life is Cheap

dailymail.co.uk reported. Life is cheap in the mining camps. Deaths go unrecorded and the mercury they use to bind gold flecks compounds the risks. It doesn’t just seep into the food chain. It poisons them and their families, too. And now a new threat now looms for the estimated 20,000 wildcat miners who toil in […]

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Governments in Latin America Accused of Harrassment by Indigenous Activists

dw.de reported that Indigenous activists in Bolivia and other Latin American countries who take to the streets to protest the exploitation of their ancestral homelands face repressive measures and charges of terrorism. In many Latin American countries, the measures taken against protesters are rather repressive, according to Almut Schilling Vacaflor, Latin American expert from the […]

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Ecuador: Report states mining concessions granted to Canadian, Chinese companies illegal

Mining concessions granted to Canadian and Chinese-owned companies in Ecuador are illegal and should be cancelled in compliance with the Mining Mandate, argues a legal brief submitted yesterday to the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court by the the Environmental Defender Law Center (EDLC) and MiningWatch Canada. The Mining Mandate is a constitutional-level norm that has been in […]

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Scientists state possibility diamonds located in Antartica

mnn.com reported…Talk about ice – scientists say that frozen Antarctica could also be home to untapped, previously undiscovered diamond deposits. No, they haven’t actually found the precious carbon crystals yet, but they have found something that indicates they may be there. The news comes to us via research published this week in the journal Nature […]

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Ecuador Mining Issues – Video

OSCAR LEÓN, TRNN PRODUCER – reported:Indigenous communities and the affected local communities have opposed this mining initiative for many years now and have protested against it all around the country. This has led to a split between Correa, ecologists, some student groups, and the indigenous confederations, all of which were his former allies. Correa has […]

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Ecuador: SolGold discovers additional deposits of copper

SolGold has found more deposits at its Cascabel copper-gold project in northern Ecuador, but its shares fell after it said some of the find was lower grade. SolGold said one of the drill holes at its Alpala prospect at Cascabel, CSD-13-005, continued to come across strong copper sulphide porphyry mineralisation at depth. Read Article

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China’s largest overseas copper mine begins operations in Peru

china.org.cn reported that The Toromocho project, China’s largest overseas copper project, started production in Peru on Dec. 11. The project, one of the top 20 in the world, has a copper reserve of 1.2 million tons, 19 percent of China’s domestic total copper resources. It will produce 220,000 metric tons of refined copper annually, 18 […]

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Mexico: Cartels involved in mining industry, much of the product going to China

AP reported that Mexican drug cartels looking to diversify their businesses long ago moved into oil theft, pirated goods, extortion and kidnapping, consuming an ever larger swath of the country’s economy. This month, federal officials confirmed the cartels have even entered the country’s lucrative mining industry, exporting iron ore to Chinese mills. Such large-scale illegal […]

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Ecuadorian Tribesman (Shuar) Killed in Army Raid

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Chile: Miners in tussle with producers over royalties for moving about rescue

When 33 Chilean miners were hauled to the surface after 69 days trapped in a collapsed copper mine in 2010, more than a billion people around the world tuned in to watch as the rescue was broadcast live on television. It was inevitable, then, that the dramatic story would be made into a movie. But […]

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Ecuador: Organized mafias blamed for illegal mining

LAtimes.com reported that a civilian is killed and nine soldiers wounded during the breakup of an illegal mining operation. ‘Organized mafias’ are blamed. The vice president of Ecuador on Friday denounced illegal mining as growing scourge a day after a violent confrontation between soldiers and miners in an Amazonian region left one civilian dead and […]

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Ecuador, Chile mining concerns, joint venture to explore copper reserves

Ecuador’s National Mining Company (ENAMI EP) and Chile’s state-own Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, are fine-tuning details of a joint venture to explore the Llurimagua reserves in the North of Ecuador, a country with no mining industry to speak of. The deal, reports Reuters, will see Enami holding a 51% stake in the project […]

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Amapá, Brazil: Illegal Mining Raises Concern Along Border with French Guiana

Globo reported on August 14, 2013 that the issue of illegal mining and exploitation of gold by Brazilians (Gendarmes) along the border area of Amapá, Brazil and French Guiana was one of the issues of concern discussed at the VII Meeting of the National Strategy for Border Security (ENAFRON). According to officials, illegal mining raises […]

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Ecuador Mining

Wikipedia update mining in Ecuador – Mining had a very small impact on the Ecuadorian economy back in the 1980s, contributing only 0.7 percent to the GDP in 1986 and employing around 7,000 people. Minerals were located in regions with little to no access, thus exploration activities were hindered. Although it was believed that Ecuador […]

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Ecuador: Indigenous group opts for resistance to mining law

The ECUARUNARI require the National Assembly to conduct pre-legislative consultation and aligned to the resistance to the project urgently reform the Mining Law, the deadline for the approval expires on June 15. These resolutions were taken yesterday at the fourth congress of this branch of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE). This sector […]

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BBC to Broadcast Special on Gold mining in Zamora Ecuador

Duration: 30 minutes For One Square Mile, Leo Johnson travels to the historic town of Zaruma in southwestern Ecuador to tell the story of gold mining in the country. Gold has shaped Ecuador’s past. It was the reason for both the Inca and the Spanish conquests. And it remains vital to the economy of modern […]

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Mexico: anti-mining group demands haulting of operation in Tetlama, Morelos

The Movement Against Mining Concessions Morelense urged the head of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Juan Jose Guerra Abud, reject the environmental impact statement Esperanza Silver Canadian company to prevent the mining operating an open pit mine Tetlama, Morelos. At a press conference, Ignacio Suarez, a member of the movement, also lamented the […]

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Peru: illegal mining contributing to other criminal activity, influx of foreign mafias

Illegal mining has created real “zones” throughout the country, where they act according to their own laws taking advantage of the lack of state control and the growing demand for foreign mafias who pay cash. Read Article

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Ecuador: Canadian mining firm awaiting legislative changes in proposed billion dollar investment

“We have made good progress on many issues. We have taken firm steps, but we are also awaiting reforms,” said Ms. Herdoiza. Offered reforms will include several topics, but the key point is related to the 70%-windfall tax on sales above a pre-negotiated base price. “This is a key point not only for Kinross but […]

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Ecuador maintains alliance with Chilean group in exploration of copper in northern Andes

The National Mining Company (Enami) of Ecuador said Friday that maintains a strategic alliance with Codelco to explore for copper in a northern Andean country. This as part of an energy cooperation agreement between Ecuador and Chile, which has allowed the Ecuadorian state mining start an investigation stage geological Llurimagua area in the Andean province […]

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Santa Marta Colombia: transport of coal suspended, complaints over dust

Suspended coal transportation within the city limits of Santa Marta, until companies take measures to control the dust that is affecting communities. The decision of the environmental authority of Santa Marta is related to complaints of residents of several communities in the west of the city that have been affected with respiratory diseases by dust […]

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Ecuador: group working to stop development of planned copper mine

salvalaselva.org …… reported that…With this purpose, the environmental organization founded DECOIN already twice stopped the intentions of government and transnational extractive mining as Japan’s Mitsubishi in 1997 and the Canadian Copper Mesa / Ascendant Copper in 2009. For many years, Rainforest Rescue accompanies Intag residents. With donations helped purchase and protect 3,000 hectares of mountain […]

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Argentina committed to development of potash mine with or without Brazil company

Argentina is determined to continue the mining project extracting potassium Colorado River (west) “with or without (Brazilian mining company) Vale”, said today the governor of Mendoza, Francisco Perez Two days after the multinational announced the suspension of the works. “Come back for more. The project will carry out. Okay With or without” Perez said during […]

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Cache of explosives for illegal mining seized near Cuenca Ecuador

elmercurio.com reported that 3165 units are explosive material were recovered by the Armed Forces (Armed Forces), in an operation carried out last Wednesday morning, in the parish Canaribamba, Canton Santa Isabel. During the operation were seized: 1,324 tacos nitrate, 13 sacks of 50 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 1,301 sticks of dynamite, 167 units fulminant ten […]

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Ecuador: Correa replaces Uncle Sam with Uncle Chen

SALON.COM REPORTED: In January 2009, Correa reactivated hundreds of mining permits and granted foreign companies access to indigenous territory and resources in any projects he deemed “in the national interest.” All of this occurred just before the start of the Mining World Fair in Ontario, where Correa administration officials told the gathered, “In Ecuador, large-scale […]

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Mercury Watch organization puts Ecuador on RED list due to mercury emissions

Red List is on the world map. Alarm signal. It is the fourth Latin American country that emits more mercury worldwide. We surpass Colombia, Bolivia and Peru reported by elunivers.com. Is Ecuador, nation dispersed annually 50 tons of mercury only for artisanal gold mining. The International Watch Mercury presented in Geneva in mid-January, an overall […]

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Santa Cruz Mine, Argentina: 800 evacuated, 60 injured in food poisoning episode

opisantacruz.com.ar reportedWith Crash site San Jose Green Eggs and total work stoppage, the staff of Minera Santa Cruz in Perito Moreno tries to draw public attention to a mass poisoning suffered, but until when the source has been reported that resulted in the serious incident. As usual in these cases, the company does not respond […]

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Ecuador: 50 individuals detained including children for illegal mining in Sígsig

For alleged environmental crime, 50 people, including women and children were arrested the morning of Wednesday Pinazhún Area, Santa Barbara River, belonging to the canton Sígsig. Read Article

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Ecuador: election delays process mining policy

According to minerandina.com, the Presidential electionscheduled for February 17, has slowed down the process being conducted by of President Rafael Correa’s government, to send to his country’s Congress, a draft of amendments to the mining law setting forth changes to proceed with mining development, and the implementation of tax incentives to attract more investment to […]

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Colombia: ELN kidnaps five miners, including Canadian

The president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, said Friday that the military forces are “in focus” ELN kidnappers this morning took captive a Canadian, two Peruvians and two Colombians working for a mining company in northern country. “We’re on top of the hijackers in southern Bolivar. Forces already mobilized and we targeted,” the president wrote […]

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Peru: Mining residue to be used in new project to manufacture bricks

A project that turns mining residue into recycled bricks has received funding from the ministry of production’s Research and Development Fund for Competitiveness (FIDECOM). The project, which was developed by the San Pablo Catholic University of Arequipa, will include a prototype plant that would produce bricks made out of the cyanide residue that is left […]

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Peru energy sector to attract between one and two billion USD a year through 2016

Peru’s energy sector will attract annual investments between US$ 1.2 billion and US$ 1.8 billion until 2016, Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM). Peru’s Deputy Energy Minister, Edwin Quintanilla. Photo: ANDINA/Juan Carlos Guzmán Negrini. Thus, this flow of investments will guarantee the country’s energy supply in order to further growing in a sustained and […]

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Morococha Peru: Chinese to destroy town to develop mine

They call the mountain Toromocho, which means “bull without horns”. But to its new, Chinese owners, the name is irrelevant: the rugged peak is packed with copper, silver and molybdenum, an element used in alloys. It could be worth as much as $50bn (£30bn). Toromocho must go. And so must the people living there. The […]

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International Minerals Corp. pulling out of Ecuador in part due to political and economic risks increasing

A second international mining company is pulling out of Ecuador this year, saying the country is not friendly to mining concerns. International Minerals Corp. of the United States is in the process of selling concessions in Azuay Province. The company says those concessions have reserves totaling 991,000 ounces of gold and 4.7 million ounces of […]

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Council of Canadians Demands an End to Impunity for Mining Corporations in Mexico

The Council of Canadians is issuing a statement of solidarity as hundreds of protestors gather in front of the Canadian embassy in Mexico City (1 p.m. EST) to express their outrage at the growing death toll of community activists opposing Canadian mining in Mexico. Most recently, in the state of Chihuahua, a married couple who […]

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Chile: despite drop in exports, economy continues to grow

The Chilean economy continues to surprise and exceed expectations. The Central Bank reported a gross domestic product growth in the third quarter, mainly due to consumption and investment. It is a figure of 5.7% between July and September, which rose to 5.6 cumulative GDP progress so far this year. A result that is supported by […]

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Toyota to invest 150 million pesos in lithium mining project, Argentina

The Japanese company announced the Secretary of Mining, Jorge Mayoral, that in the next 15 days will make the first disbursement of 150 million pesos for the construction of lithium mining project Olaroz Salar in the province of Jujuy. Mayoral met in Tokyo with executives from Toyota after the completion of the 2nd Seminar on […]

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Ecuador: dynamite seized in clandestine mines in area under exploration by Canadian firm

More than 390 sticks of dynamite were seized from people who mined from underground, gold mines, located in Piglio, Canaribamba parish, canton St. Elizabeth, yesterday. No one was arrested. Oscar Troy, head of the Third Army Division Tarqui said it also retained 20 sacks of ammonium nitrate, explosive explogel, riodin violet, shotguns, 1,709 blocks of […]

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Areas of Bolivia go unchecked in terms of dynamite sales, lack of safety controls

La-razon.comThe mayor of Llallagua, Abel Montes, complements the marketing of this material is not regulated at the local level. “It is also a mining town and no problem with handling dynamite because since we manipulate young people”, argues the authority, who learned to detonate explosives when he was 14. None of the respondents mentioned the […]

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Mining conflict resurfaces, dyanmite being used in protests

The occupation of the mining area would have been against mining representatives from five provinces of the region, who are interested in exploiting the mine site, and would be organized into cooperatives. The conflict over the exploitation of the mine has been reactivated Mallku Khota in northern Potosí. Now the community members from five area […]

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Bolivia, mining blockades continue in much of country for second day

americaeconomia.com reported….Arterial six of nine departments were occupied by the cooperative to demand compliance with a decree granted a lease for lode in exploitation of tin and zinc. A conflict between union and cooperative mining for possession of a lode mining remained Tuesday in Bolivia, and left more than half of the country impassable by […]

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Cundinamarca, Colombia, nine detained operating illegal mine

Police reported the capture of nine people who work adelantaban illegal mining in the municipality of Soacha. Authorities said that after identifying sites dedicated to illegal mining in the neighboring town, were captured in the act of nine people between the owners of the property listed as workers who were carrying out mining work without […]

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Mexico: 35 tons of explosives unguarded at mine, potential catastrophe

According to informacionjoven.com, in Sombrerete San Martin mine in Zacatecas, on strike for more than five years, are accumulated explosives with the potential to destroy entire cities and towns of the state, said National Union of Mineworkers. In a letter to officials of the national and state executive, accused of negligence in Grupo Mexico, Germán […]

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Colombia: Illegal mining contaminates water sources, air quality in 44 percent of municipalities

Colombia launches new strategy to combat illegal mining— The illegal mining of gold and other minerals, which inevitably contaminates water sources and the air is 44 percent of Colombian municipalities, representing 30 percent of total domestic mines, according to statistics provided by the Ombudsman Ombudsman, who conducted a study in 1,010 municipalities. Read Article

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Venezuela: Armed forces rule out illegal mining in area where Yanomami claimed massacre

Rule out the presence of illegal miners in the Sierra de Parima “Before visiting these communities were able to review materials to identify remains or instrumental illegal miners used when addressing these areas. None of this could appreciate, “said Rolando Seguera Telesur journalist Rolando Segura, announced that the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (fanbase), ruled out […]

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Chinese Investment in Latin American Resources: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

China’s need for vast amounts of minerals to sustain its high economic growth rate has led Chinese investors to acquire stakes in natural resource companies, extend loans to mining and petroleum investors, and write long-term procurement contracts for oil and minerals in Africa, Latin America, Australia, Canada, and other resource-rich regions. These efforts to procure […]

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Bolivia: 400 miners attempt entry into El Alto with explosives, blocked by police

The leaders of the Trade Union of Miners of Bolivia (FSTMB) reported today that police in the city of El Alto prevented the entry of at least 400 miners Colquiri, arguing that carrying explosives. “There was a police operation and co say Colquiri brought dynamite and various explosives so no entry allowed fleets but Colquiri […]

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Peru develops new strategy in combating mafias involved in illegal mining

The Peruvian government draws a new strategy to control the gangs who run the illegal mining in the country and would have for the job with financial support from the IDB and the governments of Norway and the U.S., said Monday Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar . “There is interest from the IDB, the government of […]

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Colombia: Police making sustained efforts to slow illegal mining in Bolivar

The National Police seized 13 backhoes exercising illegal mining activities in rural municipalities of Monte Cristo and San Martin de Loba. In order to counter the illegal mining activities in Southern Bolivar due to irreparable environmental damage that occurs to the ecosystem, the National Police and develops preventive actions framed in operational strategies related to […]

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Bolivia denies material found in La Paz is uranium

The State Mining Corporation of Bolivia (Comibol) confirmed Wednesday that two tons of rock found in a residential neighborhood in the heart of La Paz were not uranium, as the government initially said, and that probably is tantalum. “In the first instance it was thought mineral containing uranium, but this was quickly ruled out, at […]

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Ecuador: miner dies in 60 meter fall into tunnel

At 08:30 on Tuesday resulted in the death of the miner Darwin Medardo Vera Vera, 28, after falling into a sinkhole where timber placement performed in the galleries of the mine Jorupe Alto, located in the district of El Castillo Canton Zaruma. Vera’s colleagues explained that the man was making a work of woodwork inside […]

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Report: Canadian mining industry Latin America, Indigenous relationships

Canada is seen as a friendly nation but many indigenous communities say they have a dirty secret. Canada’s mining industry, the largest in the world, controls a majority of Latin American mining. Activists say they pollute and violate human rights without accountability from the Canadian government. Mining companies argue they build schools, health centres, roads […]

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Arequipa Peru: police seize 10,000 detonators on

Elcomercio.per reported agents of the National Police seized at least 10,000 detonators to safety fuse. The intervention was performed at kilometer 853 of the Panamericana Sur, in the district of Yauca Arequipa. The material was found in two suitcases in the hold of the unit Cetur transport company. Read Article

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Colombian Navy seizes illegally mined shipment of 400 kilos of tungsten

Troops of the Navy in the development of surveillance operations, interdiction and security River, seized 400 kilos of tungsten ore, which were carried by two men in a boat on the river unnamed Inírida, in the general area of ​​Caranacoa, Guainía. The material seized by Fluvial Battalion Marine No. 50, product of illegal mining in […]

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