22nd June 2015

Red Chris Mine gets green light from B.C. government (Canadian Press/CBC News BC – June 19, 2015)

http://www.cbc.ca/news

Mine is owned by same company that operates Mount Polley

A gold and copper mine in northwestern B.C. that still faces angry opposition from its neighbours in Alaska has received approval for a full operating permit from the provincial government.

B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett announced Friday that the Red Chris Mine, owned by Imperial Metals, will soon be in full production, despite environmental concerns from First Nations, environmental groups and Alaskans, who are downstream from the mine site.

Those worries were magnified last summer, when a tailings pond collapsed at the Mount Polley mine, another Imperial Metals-owned mine in interior B.C.

Bennett said he’s confident the Red Chris Mine, located about 130 kilometres from the Alaska border, won’t experience a similar breach because the tailings storage facility has undergone three independent reviews.

He noted the mine has operated successfully for months on a temporary permit while officials monitored the facility. Read the rest of this entry »

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15th June 2015

New Mexico Supreme Court asked to review ‘copper rule’ – by Associated Press (Washington Times – June 14, 2015)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico’s attorney general and environmentalists want the state’s highest court to review an appellate court’s upholding of regulations that govern groundwater pollution by copper mines.

Attorney General Hector Balderas and several watchdog groups have filed a petition asking the state Supreme Court to weigh in on a previous ruling maintaining the “copper rule.” The regulations, which were approved in September 2013, allow mining companies to exceed water-quality standards at mining sites. This includes new engineering requirements for handling leftover rock, leach piles, tanks and pipelines.

The Supreme Court could decide any day whether to hear the case or dismiss the petition. If the panel reviews the case, a final decision could take years.

Clean-water advocates say the regulations give copper-producing companies too much leeway to pollute groundwater.

“The copper rule flies in the face of the Water Quality Act,” said Douglas Meiklejohn, a New Mexico Environmental Law Center attorney representing the advocacy groups. Read the rest of this entry »

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5th June 2015

Junior miner edges closer to court fight with province – by Ian Ross (Northern Ontario Business – June 5, 2015)

Established in 1980, Northern Ontario Business provides Canadians and international investors with relevant, current and insightful editorial content and business news information about Ontario’s vibrant and resource-rich North. Ian Ross is the editor of Northern Ontario Business ianross@nob.on.ca.

Barring a late settlement agreement, a Sudbury junior miner appears headed to court to lock horns with the provincial government this fall in a case that might have ramifications on the Ontario Mining Act.

An Oct. 5 trial date has been booked for an Ontario Superior Court judge in Toronto to hear arguments surrounding a compensation claim by Northern Superior Resources resulting from its abandonment of its gold properties after a series of disputes with Sachigo Lake First Nation.

The outcome of the case could be precedent-setting and could impact the government’s hands-off practice of leaving it up to the resource industry and First Nations to work out exploration and benefit agreements, and resolve any differences they might have.

Company president Tom Morris expressed confidence in a favourable outcome, but was still hoping to avoid court.

“We would like to settle before going to court. We feel it’s unnecessary to go to trial; however, we are more than prepared to see this through to the end and have board approval to do that.” Read the rest of this entry »

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2nd June 2015

RPT–Peru elections seen fanning flames of mining disputes – by Mitra Taj (Reuters U.S. – June 1, 2015)

http://www.reuters.com/

(Reuters) – Mining conflicts in Peru, a top global minerals exporter, will likely heat up ahead of presidential and congressional elections next year as political outsiders whip up anti-mining sentiment, government officials and business leaders said.

Protests from local community groups have derailed three mining projects worth $7 billion in the past five years, and threaten to hold up more.

Carlos Galvez, head of Peru’s main mining association, said opponents of mining projects can win votes in rural areas where poverty rates are high and many eke out a living as farmers.

“Here everyone is anti. If you’re anti-mining then you’re in fashion,” said Galvez, who leads the National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy.

Southern Copper Corp’s $1.4 billion Tia Maria project was put on hold last month amid deadly protests.

David Montoya, a cabinet official tasked with conflict prevention, accused protest leaders of feeding fears about pollution from Tia Maria in order to win the dispute and pave a political future for themselves. “They shut down discussion,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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1st June 2015

Selling Off Apache Holy Land – by Lydia Millet (New York Times Opinion Pages – May 29, 2015)

http://www.nytimes.com/

Tucson – ABOUT an hour east of Phoenix, near a mining town called Superior, men, women and children of the San Carlos Apache tribe have been camped out at a place called Oak Flat for more than three months, protesting the latest assault on their culture.

Three hundred people, mostly Apache, marched 44 miles from tribal headquarters to begin this occupation on Feb. 9. The campground lies at the core of an ancient Apache holy place, where coming-of-age ceremonies, especially for girls, have been performed for many generations, along with traditional acorn gathering.

It belongs to the public, under the multiple-use mandate of the Forest Service, and has had special protections since 1955, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower decreed the area closed to mining — which, like cattle grazing, is otherwise common in national forests — because of its cultural and natural value. President Richard M. Nixon’s Interior Department in 1971 renewed this ban.

Despite these protections, in December 2014, Congress promised to hand the title for Oak Flat over to a private, Australian-British mining concern. A fine-print rider trading away the Indian holy land was added at the last minute to the must-pass military spending bill, the National Defense Authorization Act. Read the rest of this entry »

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1st June 2015

Northern Superior Resources vs. Ontario postponed to October (CBC News Sudbury – May 29, 2015)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury

Outcome of lawsuit between junior miner and province to determine duty to consult with First Nations

A Sudbury junior miner said the province is balking at producing promised documents in a $110 million lawsuit.

Northern Superior Resources is suing the Ontario government for failing to consult with First Nations on mining claims A trial date set for Monday has been pushed to October.

The president and CEO of Northern Superior Resources, Tom Morris, said the delay is a result of the government’s failure to disclose certain documents by the deadline.

The litigation, Morris said, is based on the company’s loss of several gold claims in the northwest near the Manitoba border in 2011 after a series of disputes with the Sachigo Lake First Nation.

“We’re looking for a settlement,” he said. “We’re looking to get our investment back so we can redeploy our monies elsewhere. I do have a fiduciary duty to recover those monies for our shareholders.” Read the rest of this entry »

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27th May 2015

Industry Warns Copper Boom at Risk – by John Quigley (Bloomberg News – May 26, 2015)

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Peru tightened security and closed schools in the country’s south as unions began a 48-hour protest as part of the biggest wave of mining opposition in three years.

A contingent of riot police guarded the main square of Arequipa, the biggest southern city, and shop windows were partially shuttered, Radio Programas reported. Police and army officers patrolled the Tambo Valley, the site of Southern Copper Corp.’s Tia Maria copper project.

Peru’s goal of becoming a copper powerhouse is being threatened by violent protests against Tia Maria in the past two months, according to Carlos Galvez, president of Peru’s National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy. The upheaval could reduce mining investment to “very close to zero” by 2018, down from a record $9.7 billion in 2013, unless the government defends new projects, he said in an interview in Lima Tuesday.

Peru, the world’s third-biggest copper producer, is poised to increase output of the metal 73 percent in the next three years on new capacity from Freeport-McMoRan Inc. and MMG Ltd. Investment needed to sustain the expansion is on hold because of protests by local groups opposed to mining, Galvez said. Read the rest of this entry »

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27th May 2015

Kidnappings highlight security risks for miners (Northern Miner – May 26, 2015)

The Northern Miner, first published in 1915, during the Cobalt Silver Rush, is considered Canada’s leading authority on the mining industry.

In the first four months of this year alone, kidnapping incidents have touched Torex Gold Resources (TSX: TGX) and Goldcorp (TSX: G; NYSE: GG) in Mexico’s Guerrero state, and Pan African Minerals’ Tambao manganese mine in Burkina Faso.

The headlines have been alarming for mining companies and for investors, especially since many kidnapping incidents are unreported.

“For every incident that you see in the press, there are numerous that never make it to the light of day,” says Chris Arehart, global product manager for kidnap and ransom and crime insurance at Chubb Insurance Group.

Mining companies are uniquely exposed to kidnapping risks because they often operate in remote areas, in countries with low political stability, and attract attention by bringing in big equipment and hiring a lot of locals.

The risks vary from country to country and even from region to region within countries. But kidnappings are much more common in countries with low political stability, where law enforcement is corrupt, inept, ill-trained or underfunded, and where the judicial system may also be corrupt, and laws not as stringent. Read the rest of this entry »

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26th May 2015

How the violence at Southern Copper’s Tia Maria mining project could have been avoided – by Robert Spence (Mining Global – May 25, 2015)

http://www.miningglobal.com/

The government of Peru declared a state of emergency on Saturday, calling in national police and armed forces to maintain order as protests at the Tia Maria copper project turned violent.

According to CNN, one protester appeared to be dead from wounds to the head as others battled with police who lobbed tear gas at them.

The announcement follows almost two months of increasingly violent protests against the $1.4 billion copper mining project as oppositions fear the mine will pollute the environment and do very little for the local economy.

“We don’t want the mine,” said Enrique Torres Alvarez, an 85-year-old farmer attending a rally in Cocachacra’s main square. “It will ruin our land, and that will be the end of the farming.”

Development of Tia Maria, which is owned by Southern Copper, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, has been suspended since 2011 due to protests.

Earlier this month, Southern Copper CEO Oscar Gonzalez Rocha asked for all parties involved to “present their concerns and fears, identify solutions … and define the responsibilities that all must assume in a reasonable timeframe.” Read the rest of this entry »

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25th May 2015

Peru Declares 2-Month Martial Law in Area of Disputed Copper Mine – by Robert Kozak (Wall Street Journal – May 23, 2015)

http://www.wsj.com/

Residents have protested Southern Copper’s plans to set up Tia Maria mine

LIMA, Peru—The government of President Ollanta Humala on Saturday started a two-month period of martial law in the southern state of Arequipa, where local residents are protesting against a plan by Southern Copper Corp. to set up a copper mine known as Tia Maria.

Under the state of emergency, police can enter houses without search warrants, while meetings and marches can be broken up, as the government aims to end almost two months of often-violent protests in the region about 650 miles south of Lima.

Local residents have blocked roads and clashed with police since late March, saying the $1.4 billion Tia Maria project will contaminate water and the air. The government last year approved the company’s environmental study, and the company says it can operate a clean mine.

“In line with what is established in the constitution and the decree declaring a state of emergency, the national police with the backing of the armed forces will be charged with maintaining public order,” Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano said late Friday.

Jose Ramos Carrera, mayor of the municipality of Punta de Bombón, said many local residents will continue to oppose the Tia Maria project. Read the rest of this entry »

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25th May 2015

Nickel Mine, Lead Bullets: Maya Q’eqchi’ seek justice in Guatemala and Canada – by Sandra Cuffe (Mongabay.com – May 19, 2015)

http://www.mongabay.com/

German Chub faces the judge as he responds calmly and evenly to question after question during cross-examination. He uses his arms to lift himself up and shift a little in his wheelchair. Other young Maya Q’eqchi’ men had to carry him up the stairs to the second-floor courtroom in Puerto Barrios, a bustling Caribbean port city in eastern Guatemala.

Five and a half years ago, Chub was playing soccer in the community of La Unión, in the department of Izabal, when security guards from the Guatemalan Nickel Company (CGN), a mining corporation, showed up, he told the court. Chub heard a commotion coming from the direction of company-owned hospital property and approached the fence separating the company complex from the soccer field to see what was going on, he said.

“I saw Mynor Padilla pointing his pistol at me,” Chub testified. “When I turned around, I heard the gunshot.”

Chub is one of several Maya Q’eqchi’ community members shot on September 27, 2009 during a crackdown on protests over threats that a group would be evicted from its ancestral lands near CGN’s Fenix ferro-nickel mining project. Chub is paralyzed from the chest down as a result, and doctors determined it too risky to remove the bullet lodged near his spine. Read the rest of this entry »

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20th May 2015

Protests Force Mining Billionaire German Larrea To Halt $1.4 Billion Copper Project In Peru – by Dolia Estevez (Forbes Magazine – May 20, 2015)

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Fifty days of protests against the $1.4 billion Tía María copper mining project in southern Peru forced Grupo Mexico , owned by Mexican mining billionaire German Larrea Mota Velasco, to call for a two-month truce, Peruvian and Mexican media reported.

Oscar Gonzalez Rocha, CEO and President of Southern Copper, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, announced Friday a 60-day “pause” on the Tía María project to allow the parties involved to present “their concerns and fears, identify solutions, agree on a path to move forward and define responsibilities that all must assume in a reasonable time,” EFE reported from Lima.

Carlos Galvez, president of Peru’s National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy (SNMPE), a non-profit business association, supported the truce. “No project can be imposed by force; a truce would be the most appropriate,” said Galvez, according to Mexico’s El Economista.

But the announcement did not stop community and civil groups in seven regions in Southern Peru, the world’s third-biggest copper producer, from calling for a 48-hour stoppage on May 27 and 28 to demand the total annulment of the mining project.

Protests against the Tía María project, controlled by Southern Copper, a Grupo Mexico affiliate, took a turn for the worse in late March when communities in the Arequipa region, not far from Peru’s southern border with Chile, expressed fears that the yearly production of 120,000 tons of copper cathodes will pollute their land and water. Read the rest of this entry »

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20th May 2015

Op-ed: ‘Zombie’ Canadian mining company, Infinito Gold, stalks Costa Rica – by Rick Arnold (Tico Times – May 20, 2015)

http://www.ticotimes.net/

Rick Arnold is a retired Canadian social activist who has lived and worked in Costa Rica.

Most of us are familiar with zombies featured in scary B movies, otherwise known as the living dead. Now a recent study by Tony Simon, co-founder of the Canadian entity Venture Capital Markets Association, has found that there are some 588 junior resource firms with negative working capital (more dead than alive) listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange Venture Exchange (TSXV).

These include Infinito Gold, the Calgary-based mining company that is still fighting over its defunct open-pit gold mine project in Costa Rica.

This appears to be contrary to the Venture Exchange’s continued listing requirements, which stipulate that firms have to be able to show at least 50,000 Canadian dollars ($41,000) in working capital (more alive than dead). Mr. Simon uses the term “zombie company” for corporations bleeding red ink and suggests that the TSXV follow its own rules and de-list them right away (and protect the small investor).

Mr. Simon has Infinito Gold sitting at #587 on his “zombie” list — sporting the second greatest negative working capital, a whopping negative $127 million. Read the rest of this entry »

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19th May 2015

UPDATE 3-Peru strike spares output at top copper and gold mines – by Mitra Taj and Marco Aquino (Reuters U.S. – May 18, 2015)

http://www.reuters.com/

May 18 (Reuters) – Peru’s production of copper and gold was largely unaffected by a national strike on Monday as unionized workers declined to down tools for fear of losing their jobs and companies used replacements.

Walk-outs at some mines, however, might have curbed silver, tin and iron output, according to unions in Peru, the world’s third biggest copper, silver, zinc and tin producer and the seventh-ranked gold producer.

The strike, organized by the National Mining Federation that represents about 20,000 workers, aimed to press the government to tighten restrictions on firings and the use of contract workers.

But plans for an ambitious stoppage across Peru were upended after the government declared the strike unfounded and companies threatened to dismiss strikers or ordered contract workers to fill in, said federation head Ricardo Juarez.

Copper output from Peru’s four top producers, Antamina, Southern Copper, Cerro Verde and Antapaccay, was normal, union bosses at the mines said. The mines together produced about a million tonnes of the red metal last year, or more than three quarters of Peru’s total copper output. Read the rest of this entry »

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19th May 2015

The worldwide crackdown on NGOs – by Lawrence Solomon (National Post – May 19, 2015)

The National Post is Canada’s second largest national paper.

In Canada, China, India, Israel, Russia and in other countries around the world, governments are cracking down on foreign-funded NGOs operating in their countries. These crackdowns are inevitable and understandable, and in all cases come down to one factor: Governments, whether democratic or dictatorial, don’t like foreign forces interfering in their domestic politics.

The crackdowns typically take the form of beefing up laws and regulations, or creating new ones, to require more disclosure on the activities of NGOs. An exception is China’s proposed Foreign NGO Management Law, now in Second Reading in its legislature, where the Public Security Department of China’s State Council — its cabinet — would assume responsibility for approving the funding and the activities of all NGOs in receipt of foreign funds, to guard against purposes ranging from the political to the religious to the economic. Unlike other countries, China’s NGO law isn’t about disclosure but about censorship and control.

In one country — the United States — there is no talk of crackdowns, not because the U.S. is blasé about foreign-funded NGOs but because it has long had strict laws on the books.

In the 1930s, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) after he realized that the American Nazis — then a potent force in U.S. politics — were being funded by Hitler’s Germany. Read the rest of this entry »

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