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Gold mine fined $100,000. Toxic air pollution found at big mine near tiny town

The State

Sammy

Screen Shot 2021 05 07 at 12.52.48South Carolina regulators have fined a large gold mine $100,000 for breaking environmental rules, marking the third time in the past year the operation north of Camden has run into trouble with the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The fine is the largest involving the Haile Gold Mine, and in this case, DHEC said the company released excessive amounts of mercury, failed to submit pollution test results as required, provided misleading statements and failed to get a DHEC permit.

An agency spokeswoman said DHEC levied the $100,000 fine -- the heftiest air pollution penalty against any South Carolina company in at least a year -- because of the period of time the gold mine did not follow the rules. The violations were noted in 2018 and 2019.

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Vizcaya gov still opposes Didipio

Manila Standard

Brenda Jocson

Screen Shot 2021 05 06 at 01.14.15Nueva Vizcaya Governor Carlos Padilla on Friday reiterated his opposition to the renewal of the mining contract of OceanaGold Philippines Inc. in his province, saying even President Rodrigo Duterte expressed concern over the gold-copper mine’s resumption of operations. We strongly oppose the renewal of the FTAA (Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement) of OceanaGold. We believe that the protection of the environment is more paramount than the interest of OGPI,” said Padilla in a text message.

“No less than President Duterte expressed this concern when he visited Cagayan Valley immediately after typhoon Ulysses,” he added.
The governor was responding to the November 7 press release of OGPI, saying the firm will soon finalize the renewal of its FTAA with concerned government offices.

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Canadian Mining Companies Are Devastating The Global South

Passage

Liam Meisner

Screen Shot 2021 06 16 at 14.28.26Any future government that’s concerned about environmental and human rights issues will have to rein in mining companies operating abroad.
Walter Aduviri knows better than anyone what pushing back against Canadian corporate interests can do. In 2011, Aduviri, an Indigenous Aymara leader from Peru’s Puno region, helped lead a protest movement against a silver mine in the region operated by Bear Creek Mining, a Canadian company. The Peruvian government eventually cancelled the mining concession, but Aduviri was hounded for years by court cases brought against him by public prosecutors for the protests, until he was jailed in 2019, a year after being elected governor of Puno.

Aduviri, a supporter of Bolivian President Evo Morales, was released from prison this past December through a Supreme Court ruling that suspended his sentence. However, the judicial harassment he and other leaders of the Aymarazo protest movement have faced is a reminder of Canada’s leading role in the global resource extraction system that devastates environments and communities in the Global South and suppresses popular resistance through violence and coercion.

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Vizcaya governor asks Rody to end 2 mine operations

Manila Standard

Brande Jocson

Screen Shot 2021 05 05 at 23.56.30Nueva Vizcaya Governor Carlos Padilla reiterated his province’s opposition to the mining operations of Oceanagold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) and FCF Minerals Inc., telling President Rodrigo Duterte he should not renew the contract of the firms to run the Didipio and Runruno mines here.
In a letter to the President dated Dec. 9, 2020 and co-signed by Bayombong Catholic Bishop Jose Elmer Mangalinao and Bishop Joseph Agpaoa of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines North Luzon Jurisdiction, Padilla asked the President not to renew the Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) of the government with OceanaGold.

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NEW BOOK: The water defenders - how ordinary people saved a country from corporate greed

 

COVER JOHN AND ROBINS BOOKWater is life. Countless communities across the world, from Flint, Michigan to the Standing Rock Reservation to the Gualcarque River in Honduras, have used this phrase as a rallying cry against powerful corporations that value profits over the environment and the health of local communities. In 2002, a small group of citizens in El Salvador joined this global community of water defenders when representatives from multinational mining company Pac Rim appeared in their home province of Cabañas. This ignited a people’s fight against corporate power that would last for over a decade. In The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved A Country from Corporate Greed, Robin Broad and John Cavanagh tell the harrowing, inspiring saga of El Salvador’s fight – and historic victory – to save their water, and their communities, from Big Gold.   

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No renewal for Didipio Mines

Manila Times

Leander C. Domingo

Screen Shot 2021 05 05 at 23.56.30The municipal government and the indigenous people community are strongly against the mining license renewal of Australian mining firm, OceanaGold (Philippines), Inc. or OGPI. The Nagtipunan municipal government led by Vice Mayor Amel Fiesta expressed support for the Bugkalot-Ilongot tribe’s claim of ancestral domain ownership over the area being mined OceanaGold. OceanoGold’s financial and technical assistance agreement (FTAA) is set for renewal. Led by its overall chieftain Rosario Camma, more than 6,000 individuals belonging to the Bugkalot-Ilongot tribe has earlier appealed to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte through a petition not to renew the FTAA of OceanaGold because of its “blatant disregard” of the ancestral domain right of the indigenous peoples (IP).

 

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