Norway approves mine project that will destroy fjord and Indigenous Sámi livelihoods

February 14, 2019 • Ellen Moore
Government approves mine that will dump toxic mine waste directly into National Salmon fjord The Norwegian government gave the final permit to Nussir ASA to begin mining operations that would dump 30 million tonnes of highly toxic mine waste into… More »

International organizations speak out on multimillion-dollar claim against Guatemala over failed mine at La Puya

January 31, 2019 • Ellen Moore
Earthworks and international allies spoke out today in support of communities under threat from a $300 million dollar claim filed by US mining company, Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA) in December 2018 against the State of Guatemala. For more than… More »

The latest mining waste dam failure

January 25, 2019 • Ellen Moore
First responders are reporting ‘various deaths’ and at least 200 missing from a tailings dam break at Vale SA’s Feijão Mine in Brumadinho, located in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. In addition to consuming the Vale’s entire property, the… More »

Peaceful Resistance of La Puya responds to international arbitration filed against Guatemala

December 21, 2018 • Ellen Moore
“A threat to the life of the ecosystems in the area and the quality of human life.” This is how the Peaceful Resistance of La Puya describes the Progreso VII Derivada gold mine in a recent statement after news broke… More »

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Pan American Silver poised to buy huge trouble with acquisition of Escobal mine

December 1, 2018 • Ellen Moore
Image Left: MSR campaign “Let’s flip the tortilla!”, denounced by the Xinka Parliament as violating the free nature of the consultation process, depicts the current situation of the Escobal mine, including riot police, use of force, and government corruption. Photo credit: Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network… More »

An Important Win for Fishing Communities and Marine Life in Baja California Sur, Mexico

October 26, 2018 • Ellen Moore
The Ulloa Gulf off the coast of Baja California Sur is an ecological treasure: fisherfolk harvest more than 8,000 tons of seafood from the bay each year, including clams, squid, shrimp, snail, dogfish, crab, lobster, and oysters; and it’s home… More »

Drawing the Battle Lines Over Papua New Guinea’s Ocean Dumping Problem

September 21, 2018 • Ellen Moore
The island nation of Papua New Guinea and its neighbor West Papua, Indonesia, are among the only places in the world where mining companies are permitted to dump toxic mine waste into natural water bodies. In these adjacent countries, there… More »

Guatemalan communities refute Tahoe Resources kidnapping claims

August 31, 2018 • Ellen Moore
Tahoe Resources, a Canadian mining company with head offices in Reno, NV, began production at the Escobal silver mine in San Rafael Las Flores located in southeastern Guatemala in January 2014. Beginning in 2011, residents in San Rafael Las Flores,… More »