“Future disputes have significant ramifications not only for the economic and political stability of the countries concerned but also for companies’ assets and reputations,” says a new Chatham House report.
RENO (MINEWEB) – A series of bitter disputes in recent years—some of which have involved lengthy litigation, project cancellation or even expropriation—has unsettled mining sector investors and global metals markets, says the Chatham House Report, Conflict and Coexistence in the Extractive Industries.
Over the last decade, more disputes involving mining companies or oil and gas have gone to international arbitration. Between 2001 and 2010 arbitration cases for mining increased nearly fourfold, says the report.
Not so long ago, experts suggested expropriations of mining projects would become a thing of the past, but nationalizations involving Rio Tinto in Guinea and First Quantum Minerals in the Democratic Republic and of the Congo have cost investors billions. Read the rest of this entry »
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A mistake in an environmental review could shake the confidence Canadians have in the regulatory system, according to a representative of a mining company alleging a major error has already occurred.
Taseko believes Natural Resources Canada erred when evaluating the seepage rates of its proposed New Prosperity copper and gold mine near Williams Lake by modeling the potential impacts using an incorrect design for the tailings pond. The company is calling on Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq to “correct the record” when she makes a final determination on whether the project could cause significant adverse effects.
“You expect, and I think the public expects, that these processes are going to be thorough and fair and appropriate, after all these are significant projects in Canada that go through an environmental assessment of this nature,” Taseko vice-president of corporate affairs Brian Battison said Monday. “People need to have confidence in the process, that the process is fair and unbiased. A mistake like this kind of calls into question the validity of the process and that has the potential to shake people’s confidence in the process.” Read the rest of this entry »
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British shareholders, including union Unison, express concern over handling of strike that left 34 dead
British shareholders in the platinum mine company, Lonmin, including trade union Unison and the Church of England, have expressed concern about its handling of a strike that ended in a massacre in South Africa.
Research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found close co-operation between the London-listed company, the South African police and the African National Congress in the events leading up to, and during, violence in August 2012, when 34 striking miners were shot dead by police. The events at the Marikana mine were the worst violence in South Africa since apartheid. There is no suggestion that the company or the police planned the shootings.
Unison, Britain’s biggest trade union, holds Lonmin shares through its pension scheme. Trustees of the scheme said they would bring up the findings at a meeting with fund managers this week and challenge the Lonmin board about the events at Marikana. Read the rest of this entry »
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Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs leader Derek Nepinak warned today that not one mine will open without First Nations consent.
The Grand Chief led a protest outside a provincial mining conference this morning to oppose mines in provincial parks and on lands claimed as traditional for First Nations.
“We are living in a day and age where new leadership is emerging and we are not going to sit back,” Nepinak said outside in -15 C temperatures.
As he has since Idle No More protests last winter, Nepinak struck a tone at odds with the conciliatory statements the public is used to hearing from indigenous leaders.
But he didn’t threaten any specific action either. Nepinak offered only general predictions and referred to actions that have already taken place in Manitoba, New Brunswick and other parts of Canada that have seen blockades rise against mining and resource extraction. Read the rest of this entry »
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When the president of the sole remaining partner in the beleaguered Pebble Limited Partnership launched into a sales pitch on Thursday for the huge and controversial copper mine planned for southwestern Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, he acknowledged the “elephant in the room.”
Everyone wants to know what will happen to the project now that mining giant Anglo American has dropped out of the partnership, said Ron Thiessen, president and chief executive of Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., the Vancouver-based junior company still pushing the Pebble Mine.
“It’s the day after Anglo. What’s next?” Thiessen, a keynote speaker at the Resource Development Council’s annual conference in Anchorage, said in his speech.
Northern Dynasty will keep pushing for the mine, he assured the audience. “We have the resources and the expertise and the will to advance Pebble or without a partner and that is what we intend and will do,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »
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VANCOUVER – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is reviewing a complaint from the company proposing a $1.5-billion mine in British Columbia’s Interior that a mistake was made in a joint environmental assessment of the project.
Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX:TKO) said the error is so outrageous it’s nearly unfathomable.
In a letter to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the company questioned why the panel conducting an environmental review on the proposed New Prosperity mine would use incorrect information for its final assessment.
On Tuesday, the agency confirmed that the information provided by Taseko was being reviewed by officials within the agency.
It didn’t say what action, if any, would be taken if Taseko’s claims are proven correct. Earlier this month, an agency panel released a report saying it didn’t believe Taseko’s design for the proposed copper and gold mine could avoid contaminating nearby Fish Lake. The survival of the lake is at the centre of the dispute.
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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s provincial governments expect a windfall of reconstruction and development funds after an insurgency by M23 rebels ended, said Moise Katumbi, governor of the copper-rich Katanga province.
Congo’s government diverted cash meant for the provinces to pay for its fight against the M23 insurgents in the east of the country, Katumbi, 48, said in an interview in Lubumbashi, Katanga’s capital. The rebels ended their 20-month rebellion on Nov. 5 after Congo’s army seized key positions, including the rebel stronghold of Bunagana.
“Our budget for reconstruction has been blocked by the central government because of the war,” Katumbi said on Nov. 11. “Without this war, there will be more money.” Congo’s provinces have complained that the central government in Kinshasa keeps too much of their revenue. The state is required by law to send 40 percent of a province’s revenue back to the provincial government in a process called retrocession.
Last year, when M23 began its rebellion, the government provided only 43 percent of $1.06 billion it budgeted for retrocession to Congo’s 11 provinces, according to documents on the Budget Ministry’s website. Read the rest of this entry »
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Dr. Thomas F. Morris is President & CEO, Northern Superior Resources which is currently suing the Ontario Government for $110 million.
As the head of a junior exploration company exploring for gold in the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec, I have spent my entire career working in remote areas of the country and partnering with Aboriginal communities to develop social and economic opportunities through our exploration efforts for all to benefit from. There has never been a more exciting time to be part of Ontario’s mining sector, knowing how much untapped potential exists in this Province. Yet it is increasingly frustrating to see that this potential is being put at great risk by the Ontario Government’s mining policies and its unwillingness to effectively engage with Aboriginal communities.
No doubt, many of you have heard that my company, Northern Superior Resources Inc. (NSR) filed a lawsuit against the Government of Ontario to recover millions in damages suffered as a result of the Government’s failure to consult with certain First Nations. The Government of Ontario granted NSR rights to certain mineral claims near Sachigo Lake in Northwestern Ontario in 2005, an area known by the Government to fall within First Nation territory under the James Bay Treaty. NSR’s rights to these claims were renewed by the Government of Ontario on several occasions and continue to stand today. Read the rest of this entry »
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SUDBURY, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Nov. 18, 2013) - Northern Superior Resources Inc. (NSR) (TSX VENTURE:SUP) CEO Thomas Morris today issued an Open Letter to stakeholders elaborating on the legal action against the Government of Ontario. NSR recently filed a statement of claim against the Ontario Government for $110 million in damages, as a result of circumstances leading to its inability to access its Thorne Lake, Meston Lake, and Rapson Bay gold properties in northwestern Ontario.
Thomas Morris, President and CEO of the Company comments: “Our relationships with many First Nations in other areas of Ontario and Quebec have been terrific, and we have always enjoyed building and developing these and other relationships. Had the Government of Ontario fulfilled its constitutional duty to consult with the local First Nation before NSR was evicted and exploration moratoriums and exclusion zones suddenly imposed, the situation that NSR finds itself in would never have come to pass.”
The Company respects the inherent right of First Nations to decide whether to allow exploration in their traditional territory, but points to the failure of the Ontario Government to ensure NSR would be able to exercise its rights to the mining claims obtained under the Mining Act. Ontario did not consult with any area First Nations and compounded their failure to consult by arbitrarily creating a mining exclusion zone approximately four times the size of Prince Edward Island (approximately 23,000 km2) adjacent to NSR’s claims. Subsequently, two other First Nations in the area asserted overlapping traditional interests in the area of NSR’s claims and have indicated under no uncertain terms that the area is subject to a moratorium on exploration and mining of any kind. Read the rest of this entry »
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On a blustery Sunday in November, the wind tore down East 86th Street from the hills of Central Park, whipping leaves and debris around a handful of protestors gathered in front of the 28,500-square-foot townhouse of hedge-fund billionaire John Paulson, one of America’s wealthiest men and biggest gold investors. Silvia Pena, 32, a tall, big-eyed beauty from Bucharest who came to New York from Romania three years ago to attend the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, held a giant poster board aloft.
It bore photographs of a pensive Paulson, a verdant Romanian valley, the moon-faced landscape of an open-pit gold mine, and a scowling stick figure with one arm pointing fiercely off the page, “GTFO” scrawled in red block letters beneath it. “Get the fuck out,” Silvia explained with a curled smile and a wink in her eye.
Silvia and a coterie of Romanian expats were assembling in front of Paulson’s home for the seventh Sunday in a row to demand that the billionaire withdraw his investment from Gabriel Resources. The Canadian company has been trying for fourteen years to get the Romanian government to green-light its development of Europe’s largest open-pit gold mine in a picturesque and historic town called Rosia Montana. (Hundreds of lawsuits from NGOs over the years have held it up.) Read the rest of this entry »
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KINSHASA, Nov 11 (Reuters) – The defeat of Democratic Republic of Congo’s most important rebel group has strengthened President Joseph Kabila’s grip on political power, but bringing peace to his vast central African nation remains a remote prospect.
“Thank you, Kabila,” sang thousands of women dressed in white who marched through the centre of the sprawling riverside capital Kinshasa last week, celebrating the army offensive that routed the M23 rebels in Congo’s distant east.
A peace deal to be signed on Monday in Entebbe, Uganda, aims to draw a line under the 20-month rebellion, the most serious conflict in Congo since a major war ended in 2003.
It caps a dramatic turnaround for the 42-year-old president, whose reputation was in tatters just a year ago, accused by the opposition of rigging a 2011 election and humiliated by M23′s capture of Goma, the largest city in eastern Congo.
“It is historic. It’s hard to exaggerate this moment,” said Jason Stearns, project director at the Rift Valley Institute. “This is the first time this Congolese army has defeated a serious armed group militarily … Kabila is riding high.” Read the rest of this entry »
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Five years ago, officials at Canada’s Skye Resources Inc. had a simple goal: to become a mid-tier nickel producer representing 1% of the global market by 2015 through developing their open-pit Phoenix project in El Estor, Guatemala, with a local subsidiary.
But as with many things in the troubled Central American nation, the focus was doomed from the start. Within two years, the Vancouver-based miner and Compania Guatemalteca de Niquel (GCN) would stand accused of colluding with private security forces and the local military in the gang rape of 11 indigenous women and two other attacks that left one man dead and another paralyzed, while clearing land for operations.
Such incidents are not unique to Guatemala. Indeed, the nation of 13 million heaves equally under drug trafficking violence and the simmering legacy of a brutal 36-year civil war, which claimed more than 250,000 lives and displaced more than 1.5 million. What is novel about this case, however, was its arrival before HudBay Minerals Inc.—which bought Skye in 2008 and abandoned Phoenix in 2011—in three separate lawsuits in a Canadian court this summer.
These will be the first such trials in the world’s top mining nation following three attempts by other foreign plaintiffs to hold Canadian miners accountable to their own court systems since 1997. Read the rest of this entry »
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TORONTO, CANADA, Nov 12, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) – Gabriel Resources Ltd. (“Gabriel” or the “Company”) CA:GBU +7.32% announces that the report (“Report”) of the Joint Special Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate (“Special Committee”) on the draft legislation related to its majority owned Rosia Montana gold and silver project (“Project”) and the development of mining activities in Romania (“Draft Law”) has been published.
The Company will issue a further market update in due course once it has had the opportunity to consider fully all findings, proposals, conclusions and recommendations of the Report. This notwithstanding, the Company notes that the conclusions of the Report include:
– recognition that the existing mining law is not sufficient to legislate
for the scale and complexity of the Project;
– a recommendation for the creation of a new legal framework applicable to
gold and silver mining projects and consequently a rejection of the
– a positive assessment of the economic benefits of the proposed
amendments to the agreement and legislation promoted by the Romanian
Government; and Read the rest of this entry »
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While Romania’s parliamentary committee voted overwhelmingly against legislation that would have fast tracked the mine, CEO, Jonathan Henry remains positive.
LONDON (MINEWEB) - Rosia Montana has a future as a gold mine, Gabriel Resources CEO, Jonathan Henry, told Mineweb on Tuesday. “I’m confident that there’s a way forward,” he said. “We just need to see it.”
On Monday a parliamentary committee overwhelmingly voted against legislation that would have fast-tracked the mine’s construction by declaring it a “public utility.”
However, the company views Monday’s committee decision as a rejection of the legislation supporting Rosia Montana, rather than a rejection of the project itself. The committee has left open the possibility of a wide-ranging review of its mining laws, under which Rosia Montana could technically be approved in the future. Read the rest of this entry »
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The National Post is Canada’s second largest national paper.
The last lifeline for Gabriel Resources Ltd.’s controversial mining project in northwestern Romania went dead on Monday, after a parliamentary commission voted down a draft bill which would have allowed Europe’s largest open pit gold mine to move forward.
The rejection of the draft bill, which would have finally set out a course for development of the mine, came after 14 years of waiting for permits amid mounting political turbulence.
The news sent the Canadian mining company’s already-depressed stock down 10%, or 9.3¢ to close at 82.7¢ on the Toronto Stock Exchange Monday. Jonathan Henry, the chief executive of Gabriel Resources, however, said he was “confident” there could still be “a potential path forward” for the project.
The draft bill specific to Rosia Montana was rejected, he said, but Romania may go forward with a general gold and silver mining bill which could leave the door open for Gabriel’s project, he said Monday. Read the rest of this entry »
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