La Seguridad Ante Todo: Lineamientos para el Manejo Responsable de Relaves

June 30, 2020 • Earthworks, MiningWatch Canada
Employees from Brazil’s Ministry of Environment survey the damage of the tailings dam failure near Brumadinho, Brazil. Photo: Vinícius Mendonça/Ibama

Safety First: New Report Outlines Guidelines To End Mine Waste Disasters

June 30, 2020 • Earthworks * MiningWatch Canada
Today an international group of 142 scientists, community groups and NGOs from 24 countries published a set of 16 guidelines for the safer storage of mine waste. The guidelines aim to protect communities, workers and the environment from the risks… More »

Safety First: Guidelines for Responsible Mine Tailings Management

June 29, 2020 • Jamie Kneen, Ugo LaPointe, Jan Morrill, Payal Sampat
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 »

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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 »

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 »

Morgan Stanley Drops Pebble Mine Shares

June 25, 2020 • Bonnie Gestring
The global investment banking firm, Morgan Stanley, has dropped 99% of its shareholdings in Northern Dynasty, the Canadian company behind the proposed Pebble Mine—a massive copper and gold mine that threatens the world’s largest wild salmon fishery at the headwaters… More »