Obi Island

Harita Group, which currently operates two nickel mining sites and four processing facilities in Indonesia, is constructing a new processing plant to produce electric vehicle battery-grade minerals. The mining and processing is expected to produce 6 million tonnes of waste… More »


Tsingshan Holding Group Co. Ltd., majority owner of the Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP), wants to add four facilities to process nickel for electric vehicle batteries at its already massive operation. The company planned to dump up to 25 million… More »
Effects of the 2015 tailings dam failure in Mariana, Brazil. Photo Credit: Bruno Milanez.

Minas Gerais, Brazil

A State of Ticking Time Bombs Minas Gerais, an inland state in the Southeast of Brazil, has hundreds of tailings dams that local organizations call ticking time bombs.  The state covers over 220,000 square miles and is home to more… More »

Salinas Grandes, Argentina

Jujuy and Salta – Argentina Commercial lithium extraction in Argentina began in 1997. Today, there are several active operations, while dozens more are in various stages of exploration, development and construction throughout the Provinces of Jujuy, Salta and Catamarca. Four… More »

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Lualaba and Haut-Katanga, DRC

Around 60% of global cobalt production is concentrated in two southern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Lualaba and Haut-Katanga, home to a number of industrial-scale copper-cobalt mines operated by a mix of state-owned, Chinese and multinational companies. Decades… More »

Atacama, Chile

The Atacama salt flat of northern Chile is home to the indigenous Lickanantay, who consider water and brine to be sacred and inextricable parts of their territory. The salty brine below the surface of the salt flat is an ancient… More »
Expanded Presa de Jales- Buenavista del Cobre-Grupo Mexico

Sonora, Mexico

Mexico’s Largest Mine Threatens Disaster Grupo México’s BuenaVista del Cobre, is Mexico’s largest mine, extracting 815 tons of rock per day and helping make its owner, Gérman Larrera, the second-richest man in Mexico. The company is in the process of… More »

Huon Gulf

Wafi Golpu: The Latest Mine to Menace Papua New Guinea Wafi Golpu Joint Venture (WGJV)–a partnership between Australia’s Newcrest Mining and South Africa’s Harmony Gold Mining Company–wants to build Papua New Guinea’s largest underground mine near the city of Lae… More »