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New report slams Buzwagi contract
THISDAY
March 12th, 2008
A NEW report issued by several faith-based and civil society organisations has slammed the Buzwagi gold mine deal, saying members of parliament and the general public were hoodwinked by ex-minister for energy and minerals Nazir Karamagi into thinking that the upcoming project would pay huge taxes to the government.

Tanzania activists and religious communities launch critical mining research
by Salma Maoulidi Pambazuka News
March 10th, 2008
Salma Maoulidi looks at the mining research report, "A Golden Opportunity? How Tanzania is failing to benefit from Gold Mining” and argues that it builds a powerful case for continued activism in trade and economic justice in line with various Human rights instruments that call for a country’s wealth and natural resources to benefit primarily local communities.

Spread of mine sparks fears
by Narelle TowieThe Sunday Times
Kalgoorlie's super pit may be the goose that laid the golden egg, but moves to expand Australia's biggest goldmine are being bitterly opposed by neighbours.

Sisters take on mining giant
by Michael SwanCatholic Register
February 29th, 2008
The Quebec-based teaching order Les Soeurs des Sainte-Anne, with the backing of Les Soeurs des Saints Noms de Jesus et de Marie and the union-backed pension and mutual fund company Batirente, want Barrick Gold Corp. to answer questions about the company’s $2.4-billion Pascua Lama project, an open pit gold mine the company is developing high in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile.

Goldmine swallowing historic town
by Kevin Andrusiak and Paige TaylorPerth Now
February 9th, 2008
IT is Australia's biggest goldmine, swallowing what is known as the world's richest square mile of dirt.

Section of Super Pit wall collapses
ABC News Online
February 9th, 2008
A 50-metre stretch of the wall at one of Australia's biggest open pit gold mines has collapsed.

KCGM in moves to reopen tailings dams
by Kevin AndrusiakThe Australian
THE more gold goes up, the further down the Kalgoorlie Super Pit partners want to go. Joint-venture owners Newmont Mining and Barrick Gold want to increase the heights of two controversial tailings dams, and re-open another, as part of its plans to expand Australia's biggest gold mine, the massive Super Pit operations in the West Australian goldfields capital of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

CHILE-ARGENTINA: Pascua Lama Mining Project on Hold
by Daniela EstradaInter Press Service
January 17th, 2008
Nearly two years after winning environmental approval from the Chilean government, the controversial Pascua Lama gold mining project of the transnational Barrick Gold Corporation remains without a launch date.

ENVIROS DETECT HYPOCRISY IN CONAMA’S SUPPORT OF INVESTIGATION
by Alex CacciariSantiago Times
December 13th, 2007
Leaders of the Chilean environmental movement spoke out Wednesday against the National Environmental Commission’s (CONAMA) support of the government’s monitoring of environmental NGO campaigns. This comes after the Chilean daily La Tercera disclosed last Friday that Chile’s National Intelligence Agency (ANI) has increased oversight of environmental campaigns against three of the country’s most controversial environmental undertakings – the Aysén dam, the Pascua Lama gold mine, and Celulosa Arauco’s (CELCO) proposed waste duct into the sea.

CHILE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY MONITORS ENVIRONMENTAL NGOS
by Matt MalinowskiLa Tercera via The Santiago Times
December 10th, 2007
Environmental Activists Alarmed, But Not Surprised About The News

Shoshone Use Film, Courts to Fight Gold Mine on Sacred Land
by Lisa J. WolfEnvironmental News Service
December 6th, 2007
The 32nd Annual American Indian Film Festival presented Western Shoshone grandmother Carrie Dann with the Eagle Spirit award for best overall contribution in American Indian cinema at an awards ceremony November 27. "Our Land, Our Life," the film that shows the Western Shoshones’ determined struggle to maintain their way of life, won the festival's Best Documentary award.

PEAK MINERALS: Ground breaking report warns of resource depletion.
http://www.mpi.org.au
In an Australian first, mining data from as far back as 1829 has been collected and analysed by Monash University academic, Dr Gavin Mudd in conjunction with the Mineral Policy Institute to determine the long term sustainability of a range of Australia’s mineral resources.

CHILE: PASCUA LAMA OPPOSITION REVIVES DURING SATURDAY MARCH
by Trey Pollard Santiago Times
October 29th, 2007
Opponents of the Pascua Lama gold mine took to the streets of Santiago on Saturday to raise public awareness about the US$1.4 billion project that, they claim, will have terrible long-term effects on Chile's environment. Although environmental authorities have already approved the project, protesters said their continued resistance can halt the completion of construction. The noisy and vibrant procession of approximately four hundred protesters weaved its way through the bustling pedestrian streets of central Santiago, led by demonstrators hoisting a banner with a simple message: “No to Pascua Lama.”

IT AIN'T EASY BEING GREEN, AL
by John DeSioNew York Press
Last week Gore came under fire after it was revealed that Barrick Gold was to be a sponsor of his upcoming trip to Santiago, Chile, to discuss climate change. Barrick Gold is a mining company of some controversy in Chile, and leaders there worried that having such a dirty company sponsor such a clean event would make Gore look like a hypocrite, and make a mockery of the entire event.

Donlin prospect has Bethel considering ban on cyanide
by Elizabeth BlueminkAnchorage Daily News
A Western Alaska town is considering barricading itself against a notorious chemical used in mining.

Philippines Orders Cleanup of Mines Before Rains
by Dolly Aglay REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
MANILA - The Philippines said on Tuesday it had ordered owners of two mining areas in the country to clean up and improve their infrastructures before the start of the rainy season.

Protesters vow to continue gold mine protest
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
April 17th, 2006
Environmentalists are continuing to picket a New South Wales gold mine over the use of cyanide, which they claim will permanently poison the local water supply.

Officials stall on delivering water to users of contaminated wells
by Kathy HelmsGallup Independent
March 9th, 2006
Results of groundwater sampling conducted in September 2005 by New Mexico Environment Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show contaminants in 33 of 34 residential wells sampled, including elevated levels of uranium in 21 of those wells.

Chile Approves Glacier Gold Mine
by Staff WritersAgence France-Presse
February 15th, 2006
Chile Wednesday approved a controversial project by the world's leading gold producer, Barrick Gold, to tunnel for the precious metal underneath three glaciers in the northern Andes mountains.

Scab mine workers had more severe uranium exposure
by Kathy HelmsGallup Independent
March 3rd, 2004
Israel Martinez used to work for at a uranium mine and mill. He made a good living nearly $10 an hour shoveling mud in the pitch ditch. Later on, he graduated to yellowcake. Now Martinez has pulmonary fibrosis. His medical records indicate it is from uranium exposure.

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