Melanie Schambach vividly remembers her body’s reaction when she came near a mine-tailings pond in the western highlands of Guatemala.
The Canadian visual artist was travelling in the country of her mother’s birth early this year to document the impact of the operations of Goldcorp, a Vancouver-based mining company that will hold its annual shareholders’ meeting at the Pan Pacific Hotel on Wednesday (May 18).
Intag residents lose much more than a lawsuit against the Toronto Stock Exchange and Copper Mesa
(© Upside Down World, 26/04/11) On December 2, 2006, 14 paramilitaries armed with 38-caliber guns and pepper spray fired into a group of unarmed Ecuadorian campesinos from a community that has been resisting a copper mining project for over a decade. Thankfully no one was killed, but there were several injuries, not to mention the psychological suffering caused by such a vicious attack. This assault led three of the local campesinos from Intag, Ecuador to file a lawsuit against the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Copper Mesa Corporation, the Canadian mining company responsible for hiring the "security firm" that sent the paramilitaries to intimidate the anti-mining residents of the region.
While the government, financial press and economic analysts write up Colombia as the ideal place for new mining investment, local orgnizations and communities are stepping u their coordination and efforts to resist the entrance of new large-scale mining companies in Colombia.
Last friday, on the 4th of march, the public hearing was held in Bucaramanga with regards to Greystar's Angostura goldmining project, planned to start operating in the 'páramo' wetlands called Santurbán, in the department of Santander, Colombia.
A great number of people showed up, some of which seemed to have come by their own means, while others were brought with large buses from the municipalities of Vetas and California, where the mining project is to be implemented.
Four environmental organisations have accused Zijin Mining Group of failing to disclose pollution, and of violence and killings at its Peruvian copper mines, according to a letter sent to the Hong Kong stock exchange yesterday.
The Cordillera del Condor region, located on the contentious Ecuador-Peru border, has proven to be rife with precious metals and political risk. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report, Geologist Bob Casaceli delves deep beneath the earth's crust to explain why this dynamic region's formation points to further discoveries in the area.