Following the Footsteps of the Mining Monster

March 6, 2020 • Ellen Moore
New map reveals conflicts and harms at eight mine sites across Latin America, all owned by Pan American Silver. The metaphor of “a big monster that treads heavily” has been used to describe war in a song famously sung by… More »

Revolving Door Raises Concern about Corporate influence over Escobal Mine Consultation

February 10, 2020 • Ellen Moore
Update, Feb 12 2020: Since this blog was originally posted on Feb 10, Pan American Silver communicated with Earthworks to state that Juan José Cabrera Alonso no longer works for its subsidiary, Minera San Rafael. The fact that Cabrera stepped… More »

Norwegian Lemon: Six Reasons Why Investors, Fishermen, and Conservationists Oppose New Mine Plan

February 6, 2020 • Ellen Moore
Last Tuesday, Nordic Mining unveiled the feasibility study for the Engebø rutile and garnet mine in western Norway. The study includes plans to dump a total 250 million tonnes of mine waste into the pristine Førdefjord, a proposal that has… More »

Norwegian Government Sets Up Showdown with Activists Over Controversial Copper Mine

December 9, 2019 • Ellen Moore
On November 29th, the Norwegian government denied an attempt to block the construction of a new copper mine that will dump 30 million tonnes of mine waste into the Repparfjord, a designated National Salmon Fjord and traditional Sea Sámi fishing… More »

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Dear Norway: Protect Fjords Before Demanding Ocean Protection Abroad

October 21, 2019 • Ellen Moore
Right now, the Førdefjord in western Norway is a clean, beautiful fjord, bursting with life. It is a designated National Salmon Fjord, a valuable ecosystem that provides sustainable livelihoods and vital food resources for generations: the epitome of the healthy… More »

Red Tide Redefined

September 13, 2019 • Ellen Moore
Forget algae. If you really want to trash a marine ecosystem, this Chinese and Canadian-owned mining operation is proving there’s nothing like untreated mine tailings. In late August, a processing plant for the massive Ramu cobalt-nickel mine in Papua New… More »

Discrimination against Xinka puts consultation on Escobal mine at risk

September 12, 2019 • Ellen Moore
A year in, the consultation process with indigenous Xinka people over Pan American Silver’s Escobal mine is at risk after the Guatemalan government excludes Xinka from the process. Last week, Guatemalan communities celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Constitutional Court… More »
Máxima's land in Peru. Photo: Goldman Prize

Groundhog Day at the Newmont Shareholder Meeting

June 4, 2019 • Ellen Moore
Last year, Earthworks attended Newmont’s annual shareholder meeting in Denver, and asked CEO Gary Goldberg to end the company’s harassment of subsistence farmer Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and her family. We demanded that he follow through on his commitment not… More »