"What we have achieved, we have achieved through struggle,"said Julio Peña Celso, President of the Oversight Committee of the Ejido Carrizalillo, Guerrero, Mexico
This must count as one of the strangest government permissions of all time, but as London-listed nickel mining Talvivaara struggles with bankruptcy, brought about primarily because of toxic leaks of their mine waste, the Finnish Governent have issued them a permit to extract uranium too.
The fight over the Conga mining project is one of Peru’s largest current social conflicts. Today, the local population continues resisting the imposition of one of Latin America`s largest gold mining projects – Minas Conga. The situation remains tense, and the resistance continues, but with an intensified sense of urgency because as the battles are won and lost, many feel that the conflict is nearing its conclusion. The project is controlled by Newmont, a US company with British investment: among investors in Newmont are UK-based Blackrock World Mining Trust and AXA Investment Managers UK.
A video released by activists from Foil Vedanta today, shows Vedanta boss, and 69% owner, Anil Agarwal, telling a large audience how he bought Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia for just $25 million, rather than the $400 million asking price, and receiving loud cheers when he states that the company brings in $500 million in profit each year.
Multinational corporations are infamous for pushing native people off their land in order to open a new gold mine, extract oil, or otherwise extract local resources. For decades, backlash has been thought to be both limited and ineffectual, but new evidence suggests that protests from local people are effective, extremely costly for the companies, and often lead to substantive changes to or total abandonment of a project.
Earth Day celebrations in the Philippines focused on mining. At Glencore Xstrata's much disputed Tampakan mine, one of the civil society opponents of the mine has been arrested (or abducted) allegedly for being a member of the communist New Peoples' Army. The charge that is vehemently denied, and such accusations are a regular method of discrediting, and intimidating, those who oppose the project.
n a new and unexpected twist in the battle to control Guinea's rich Simandou iron ore deposits, the companies once operating in the area have began a series of billion-worth lawsuits, with iron ore miner No.2 Rio Tinto, suing the world's largest producer Brazil's Vale.
Rio Tinto held its second AGM in Melbourne, following the London meeting. Unsurprisingly, an issue that was only raised at the end of a busy London meeting - the problems at ERA's Ranger mine in Kakadu - received much greater interest in Australia. However, the company position, of refusing to step in to assist ERA if there were problems with rehabilitation, remained the same. Not long after the AGM the mine suffered a further set back when a ventilation shaft collapsed at the Ranger mine.
There is mounting pressure on those who continue to invest in coal. Stanford University has succumbed to a student campaign, joining a growing number of US colleges which have divested from coal companies. Shareholders at the Bank of America AGM considered a resolution requesting the bank to report carbon emissions stemming from financing of carbon-intensive industries. The resolution focussed on the potential for "stranded assets" resulting from a changing climate, but the more direct environmental impacts were also raised. Australia is set to close yet more mines as coking coal prices have slumped to six-year lows.