Category Archives: Mining
May 26 2014
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 appropriate consultation process regarding the installation of the mine. Read the rest of this entry
Pine Ridge Reservation tribes cite unusually high rates of cancer, birth defects, and other health problems
by Conor Gallagher, Earth Island Journal (via Earth First! Journal), May 12, 2014
In 2008, Debra White Plume, an Oglala Lakota environmental justice activist, received a piece of mail with no return address. Inside was a 1989 letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from John Peterson, an exploration geologist who had worked on what is now the Crow Butte uranium mine in northwestern Nebraska. In the letter, Peterson describes how uranium mining in the area would almost certainly contaminate the regional water supply if it went forward. “I believe certain aspects of the geology of the Crow Butte uranium deposits have been deliberately overlooked or suppressed so that mining could proceed and profits be gained regardless of the effect upon local ground water quality,” he wrote. Read the rest of this entry
Multiple 911 calls as neighbours report vehicle speeding away early Friday morning
A northern B.C. First Nation has banned a mining company from its lands as a bitter fight over a proposed coal mine escalates, again.
Tahltan Central Council president Annita McPhee says Fortune Minerals must not enter Tahltan Nation communities without permission from the Iskut and Tahltan bands.
Canadian government closely monitoring how legal rulings and aboriginal protest pose an increasing ‘risk’ for multi-billion dollar oil and mining plans
The Canadian government is increasingly worried that the growing clout of aboriginal peoples’ rights could obstruct its aggressive resource development plans, documents reveal. Read the rest of this entry
APTN National News, Feb 27, 2014
The Harper government has again rejected a proposed open-pit gold and copper mine in British Columbia that threatened to destroy a lake sacred to the Tsilhqot’in nation. Read the rest of this entry
By Lunae Parracho and Caroline Stauffer, Reuters, Feb 17, 2014
As Brazil struggles to solve land disputes between Indians and farmers on the expanding frontier of its agricultural heartland, more tensions over forest and mineral resources are brewing in the remote Amazon. Read the rest of this entry
by Larissa Saud, Terra Magazine
Translated from Portuguese by Thomas Walker / Earth First! Newswire, Feb 3, 2014
Night had hardly arrived when indigenous Munduruku people landed on the bank of a mine on Tropas River, a tributary of Tapajós river, in a region west of Pará. From the five speedboats, all of them full, came warriors and children, all with one objective: to drive out illegal miners from Munduruku land. Read the rest of this entry
Up to 25,000 L of sodium hydroxide solution flowed into sewer leading to the river near Trail, B.C.
CBC News, Feb 01, 2014
A mining and smelting company spilled a large volume of chemical solution into a domestic sewer line near Trail, B.C., on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry