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PERU: Human Rights Commission May Examine Violations at La Oroya, Peru
Earthjustice Legal Fund and CIEL
March 21st, 2007
Public health and environmental organizations from throughout the Western Hemisphere today announced the filing of a petition with the human rights division of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. The petition accuses the Peruvian government of doing little to halt contamination from a metallurgical complex that is impacting the lives and health of the citizens of La Oroya, Peru.

ARGENTINA: Famatina Says NO to Barrick Gold
by David ModersbachMines and Communities
March 20th, 2007
In the Argentine province of La Rioja, an astonishing series of events have lead to the ouster of a corrupt pro-mining provincial governor and the apparent withdrawal of gold mining giant Barrick Gold from operations on the Famatina range. Who was responsible for these events? A small group of dedicated neighbors who are fighting tooth and nail to save their mountain range from open-pit mining exploitation.

US: Global-warming deniers feeling the heat
by Diane CarmanDenver Post
March 20th, 2007
The drumbeat of skepticism over global warming has been oddly muted in the weeks since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its summary report in February.

US: BP 'is to blame for Texas blast'
BBC News
March 20th, 2007
British oil giant BP has been heavily criticised by US safety investigators over a refinery disaster that killed 15 workers in 2005.

US: Coeur d'Alene Mines Loses Clean Water Act Court Case
Environment News Service
March 16th, 2007
The federal Clean Water Act cannot be used to destroy an Alaskan lake, a federal appeals court ruled today, in a decision that may set precedent about how the act is interpreted nationwide.

US: Chevron Faces More Scrutiny in Ecuador over Pollution
by Emad Mekay IPS News
March 15th, 2007
Leaders of indigenous communities in Ecuador are pressing their government to investigate senior executives from U.S. oil giant Chevron for an alleged environmental fraud scheme in the mid-1990s related to a long-running six-billion dollar class action suit in the South American nation.

US: Chevron gets part of suit dismissed
by Elizabeth DouglassLos Angeles Times
March 15th, 2007
A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a racketeering charge against Chevron Corp. brought by Nigerian villagers who believe the oil giant condoned human rights abuses carried out by the West African nation's militia.

INDIA: Amnesty International Public Statement: Deaths in West Bengal due to police firing during protests against new industrial project
Amnesty International
March 15th, 2007
Amnesty International is deeply concerned at reports of the use of excessive and unnecessary force by police in West Bengal (Eastern India) against farmers protesting proposed displacement by the state government for a new industrial project, which has resulted in deaths of at least 14 persons and injuries.

US: Chevron wins partial dismissal in Nigeria case
Herald Tribune
March 14th, 2007
A federal judge in California threw out a racketeering claim against Chevron Corp. filed by Nigerians who claimed the oil company conspired with the military and police to gun down demonstrators protesting their operations in the African nation.

PHILIPPINES: Court orders removal of oil storage facilities
by Gilbert FelongcoGulf News
March 8th, 2007
Citing threats to the inhabitants of a thickly populated area, the Supreme Court yesterday ordered the removal of three major oil storage facilities in the city.

US: Exxon unveils 20 projects for next three years
by Sheila McNultyFinancial Times
March 7th, 2007
ExxonMobil, the world's biggest listed oil company, said on Wednesday the company will start more than 20 new global projects in the next three years that should add 1m oil equivalent barrels per day to Exxon's base volumes.

US: Earthjustice, Alaska Natives protest drilling plans in Beaufort Sea
by Terry WincklerEarthjustice Legal Fund and CIEL
March 1st, 2007
Federal agency allowed drilling without adequate assessment of impacts on marine mammals

HONDURAS: Protests Mount Against Mining Giant
by Stephen LeahyMines & Communities
February 24th, 2007
Dangerous levels of lead and arsenic have been found in the blood of Honduran villagers living downstream from a controversial gold and silver mine owned by Canada's Goldcorp Inc., the world's third largest gold mining firm.

CONGO: All that glitters...
by Jean-Roger KasekiGuardian (UK)
February 13th, 2007
Decades of gold mining should have given Congo a ticket to prosperity. Instead, it is trapped in a cycle of violence and poverty.

PHILIPPINES: Protesters regroup as mine due to reopen
Manila Times
February 11th, 2007
Environmentalists and church leaders in Bicol will launch yet another protest—this time for three days—against the government for allowing Lafayette Philippines Inc. to resume its operation.

JAMAICA: Dust, stench and claim of impotence: Pollution killing us, say communities near bauxite plants - Firms insist waste not toxic
by Karyl WalkerJamaica Observer
February 11th, 2007
The approximately US$400 million earned by the bauxite sector last year means nothing to Sandra McLean and other residents of districts surrounding the Alumina Partners of Jamaica (Alpart) refinery in Nain, St Elizabeth.

PERU: UN Mission Probes Private Security Groups
by Ángel PáezInter Press News Service (IPS)
February 7th, 2007
A priest who provides support for Peruvian farmers in their conflict with a transnational gold mining corporation complained to a United Nations mission that he was under surveillance by a private security company.

ICELAND: Smokestacks in a White Wilderness Divide Iceland in a Development Debate
by Sarah LyallNew York Times
February 4th, 2007
The $3 billion Karahnjukar Hydropower Project in Iceland, a sprawling enterprise to harness the rivers for electricity that will be used for a single purpose: to fuel a new aluminum smelter owned by Alcoa, the world's largest aluminum company, has been the focus of the angriest and most divisive battle in recent Icelandic history.

MALI: Country must work to avoid the "resource curse"
February 2nd, 2007
Sambala Macalou, mayor of Sadiola village in western Mali where the South African gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti operates, thinks the company is short-changing the community and ignoring its needs.

PNG: Ramu project 'needs review'
Postcourier (Papua New Guinea)
January 31st, 2007
Mr Ipatas said the agreement was done in such a way the State of Papua New Guinea and the landowners were mere observers on their own land while the developer got about 85 per cent of the takings.

INDONESIA: Indonesia Newmont boss says no complaints on mining
January 23rd, 2007
The head of the Indonesian unit of Newmont Mining Corp. told a court on Tuesday that authorities had never told the firm its mining activities might be breaking environmental or mining laws.

BRAZIL: Tailings dam failure in Brazil
Water Power Magazine
January 22nd, 2007
Brazil's state government of Minas Gerais has shut down the Mineracao Rio Pomba bauxite mine after the failure of a tailings dam.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Ok Tedi villagers sue for $5bn damages
The Australian
January 19th, 2007
MINING giant BHP Billiton and the operators of the Ok Tedi copper mine in Papua New Guinea are being sued for civil damages exceeding $US4 billion ($5.08 billion) by villagers on the Ok Tedi River.

US: ARCO Ordered to Investigate Radioactivity at Anaconda Mine
Environmental News Service
January 17th, 2007
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered to the Atlantic Richfield Company, ARCO, to begin an investigation to determine the nature and extent of contamination at the Anaconda Copper Mine in Yerington, Nevada.

CANADA: Mine could impact everything from fish to grizzlies
by HEIDI DESCHHungry Horse News
January 17th, 2007
Environmental experts continue to warn against the creation of a huge coal mine just north of the border.

ROMANIA: Fighting Over Gold in the Land of Dracula
Wilmington Star
January 3rd, 2007
A small-time Romanian farmer counts powerful names among his backers in a land battle with a Canadian gold mining company.

CHILE: Chile's divisive mountain of gold
by Luisa BaldiniBBC News
January 2nd, 2007
Tons of gold-bearing ore need to be excavated to produce a single ounce of bullion. Once the rock has been pulverised, cyanide is used in a leaching process to extract gold and silver.

PERU: Company Offers Bandaid Solutions to a Polluted Town
by Milagros SalazarInter Press News Service (IPS)
December 14th, 2006
In this mining town in Peru's Andean highlands, there is a shelter, but not for the victims of a war. The only bombardment escaped by the young children taken there every day comes from toxic emissions that have already done plenty of damage.

US: Md. coal mining's toxic legacy
by Tom PeltonBaltimore Sun
December 8th, 2006
In the woods at the fringe of this Western Maryland town, a mountain of waste 50 feet high is slouching into a creek that's tinted an eerie orange. The "gob pile" is refuse from a long-abandoned coal mine. And the stream into which it's eroding, Winebrenner Run, is devoid of life - one of the state's worst cases of sulfuric acid pollution from mines.

CHILE: Stepped-Up Battle Against Andean Gold Mine
by Daniela EstradaInter Press Service (IPS)
December 6th, 2006
Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold Corp. is facing a stepped-up international campaign against its Pascua Lama gold mine project on the border between Chile and Argentina, high up in the Andes Mountains.

GHANA: Ghana's gold inflicts heavy price
by James HaselipPeople and the Planet
December 6th, 2006
Gold mining is Ghana�s most valuable export industry: in 2005, US$1.4 billion worth of gold was shipped from the country, dwarfing the value of its other major foreign currency earners - timber and cocoa. However, very little of the gold revenues stay in the country while damage to the physical environment by both large and small-scale mining is inflicting an incalculable cost to the economy with vast tracts of farming land permanently ruined, forests destroyed and water resources diverted and polluted.

INDONESIA: UPDATE 1-NYC comptroller wants review of miner Freeport
December 5th, 2006
New York City Comptroller William Thompson, who oversees the city's pension funds, on Tuesday called for a review of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s environmental policies and practices in Indonesia.

US: Anti-, pro-Pebble forces square off
by ELIZABETH BLUEMINKAnchorage Daily News
December 3rd, 2006
The state Board of Fisheries now is squarely in the middle of the noisy battle being waged over Southwest Alaska's large and controversial Pebble copper and gold prospect.

PHILIPPINES: Lafayette's Rapu Rapu project damaged
The Age (AUST)
December 1st, 2006
Lafayette Mining Ltd's troubled Rapu Rapu polymetallic project in the Philippines has suffered a further setback with a second typhoon causing damage to the operation.

US: BLIGHTED HOMELAND: Mining firms again eyeing Navajo land
by Judy PasternakThe Los Angeles Times
November 22nd, 2006
Decades after the Cold War uranium boom ended, leaving a trail of poisonous waste across the Navajo Nation, the mining industry is back, seeking to tap the region's vast uranium deposits once again.

MALAWI: Bingu misled on uranium mining—civil society
by Juliet ChimwagaThe Nation (Malawi)
November 21st, 2006
Civil society organisations accused government Monday of misleading President Bingu wa Mutharika and the nation in its dealings with Paladin Africa Limited, saying the latter are not coming out clearly on the negative impact the multi-billion kwacha uranium mining project at Kayelekera in Karonga will have on people’s lives.

US: Uranium mining could contaminate Goliad aquifer
by Joe CongerKENS 5 Eyewitness News
November 17th, 2006
Just a pound of uranium brings top dollar on the market and could help to wean the United States off its foreign oil dependence. However, opponents say it could threaten the environment around San Antonio.

US: Dueling polls oppose, support Pebble Mine project
by Hal SpenceMorris News Service
November 15th, 2006
Two public opinion polls commissioned by an environmental group opposed to the Pebble Mine project are being touted as proof that Bristol Bay Region residents and voters statewide believe, by and large, that open-pit mining is not worth the risk.

WORLD: Controlling the Corporate Mercenaries
by Nick Dearden, War on WantZmag
November 7th, 2006
While Iraq represents bloodshed and death on a massive scale to most people, to Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) it has brought a boom time, boosting the revenues of British-based PMSCs alone from £320 million in 2003 to more than £1.8 billion in 2004. In the same year income for the industry worldwide reached $100 billion.

PERU: Achuar win oil victory in Peru
by Lisa Garrigues Indian Country Today
November 6th, 2006
On Oct. 24, after a 14-day occupation, representatives of the Federation of Native Communities of the Corrientes Rio (FECONACO), which includes the Quichua and Urarinas people, reached an agreement with PlusPetrol and the Peruvian government. The agreement gave them 98 percent of their demands.

JAMAICA: Bauxite Mine Fight Looms in Jamaica's Cockpit Country
Environment News Service
October 24th, 2006
Drilling for bauxite samples in Jamaica's Cockpit Country is threatening the plants and animals that live in the region's moist tropical limestone forest, said conservationists today. Bauxite is the raw material for aluminum.

BRAZIL: Brazilian Indians leave iron mine
BBC News
October 20th, 2006
A group of about 200 Xikrin Indians in Brazil have agreed to leave an iron mine they occupied on Tuesday.

PHILIPPINES: Once-idyllic island center of debate on mining
by Cyrain CabuenasInquirer (PHIL)
October 19th, 2006
For many years, Manicani has served as a haven for people who wanted to commune with nature or check out World War II artifacts. These days, Siman has no glowing account of Manicani. "The island's balding mountains and depleted marine resources no longer hold any promise," he said.

US: Critics attack Myanmar’s ‘blood gem’ auctions
by Charlotte McDonald-GibsonAgence France Presse
October 18th, 2006
With up to 90 percent of the world’s rubies and many other precious gems mined in Myanmar, chances are that a vast proportion of the stones glinting in the windows of high-end jewelers worldwide originate in the military-ruled nation.

JAMAICA: Trafigura figures in South Africa bribery scandal
by Olivia CampbellThe Jamaica Observer
October 18th, 2006
Trafigura president Claude Dauphin, who in August paid a visit to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller at Jamaica House before his company controversially transferred over $31 million to the People's National Party, is a man steeped in the art of expensive gift giving.

GHANA: Dispute Over Newmont's Proposed Gold Mine At Akyem
by Mike AnanePublic Agenda (Accra)
October 16th, 2006
Plans by Denver-based multinational, Newmont mining Corporation to construct an open pit gold mine in the Ajenjua Bepo Forest Reserve located at New Abirem in the Birim North District of Ghana's Eastern Region are mired in controversy.

INDIA: 80,000 coal belt families face evacuation
Statesman News Service
October 10th, 2006
As many as 80,000 families living near the Jharia mine in Dhanbad coal belt face relocation. Officials say the coalfield area is, in effect, sitting on a “giant fireball deep inside the earth,” after they discovered at least six underground leaks of toxic fumes. Experts fear massive underground explosions followed by subsidence occuring at any moment.

INDONESIA: New Indonesia Calamity, a Mud Bath, Is Man-Made
by Raymond Bonner and Muktita SuhartonoThe New York Times
October 6th, 2006
It started as a natural gas well. It has become geysers of mud and water, and in a country plagued by earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis another calamity in the making, though this one is largely man-made.

LIBERIA: Mittal accused of creating a state within a state in Liberia
by David PallisterThe Guardian (UK)
October 2nd, 2006
A damning report on Mittal Steel's acquisition of an impoverished African country's iron ore reserves is published today, accusing the world's largest steelmaker of offering an inequitable "raw deal" that has created an unaccountable "state within a state".

CANADA: Mining Rights Trampling Human Rights, activists charge
by Stephen LeahyInter Press News Service (IPS)
September 29th, 2006
Activists want the Canadian government to impose mandatory human rights and environmental standards on Canadian mining and oil companies operating in Latin America and other developing regions.

CANADA: Activists Push for Sustainable Mining
by Stephen LeahyInter Press News Service (IPS)
September 29th, 2006
Civil society activists want the Canadian government to impose mandatory human rights and environmental standards on Canadian mining and oil companies operating in Latin America and other developing regions.

PERU: Leaching Out the Water with the Gold
by Milagros SalazarInter Press Service (IPS)
September 20th, 2006
The conflict that brought operations at Yanacocha, Latin America's largest gold mine, to a halt just a month after President Alan García took office in Peru was merely the latest illustration of the tensions between mining companies and local communities in the northern province of Cajamarca.

US: Nevada panel OKs rules for mercury emissions
by Brendan RileyAssociated Press
September 18th, 2006
New rules for mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants were approved Monday by a legislative panel after Nevada's environmental agency chief warned that the alternative would be direct federal oversight.

US: Farmers Fear Coal Mining Will Sink Land
by Bob SecterChicago Tribune
September 17th, 2006
Two mining companies want to dig for coal under nearly half of Montgomery County. They plan to use a nontraditional but highly efficient process called "longwall" mining that will cause flat-as-a-dime land to sag like a burst souffle.

AFRICA: War, Murder, Rape... All for Your Cell
by Stan CoxAlternet
September 14th, 2006
Cassiterite, or tin oxide, is the most important source of the metallic element tin, and the DRC is home to fully one-third of the world's reserves. Some cassiterite miners work on sites operated directly by the country's military or other armed groups. Working in the same area are "artisanal" miners who are theoretically independent, like prospectors in America's Old West. But the cassiterite they extract is heavily taxed by the soldiers -- when it's not just stolen outright.

US: Walking with purpose
by Edward MarshallThe Journal
September 5th, 2006
After 32 days and 380 miles of walking, Ed Wiley, a concerned grandfather of a Marsh Fork Elementary School student and grass roots activist, stopped in Shepherdstown Monday to speak with residents on his way to Washington where he hopes to meet with federal lawmakers. Wiley is on a mission to ensure the safety of the children in Sundial, W.Va., where their elementary school sits next to a coal preparation plant and just 400 yards downstream from a dam holding back over two billion gallons of toxic sludge.

WORLD: Private Sector 'Not the Answer to Poverty'
by Philip ThorntonIndependent (UK)
September 1st, 2006
Rich countries must deliver more money directly to poor nations to avert a growing health and sanitation crisis spreading across the southern hemisphere, Oxfam will say today.

US: Judge tells BP leaders to give depositions
by Anne BelliThe Houston Chronicle
August 29th, 2006
Injured workers and families of those killed in an explosion at BP's Texas City refinery last year scored a court victory Monday when a judge ordered the London-based company's top two executives to give depositions in the case.

UK: Shareholder raps Shell's 'corroded' gas pipes
by Julia Kollewe The Independent (UK)
August 29th, 2006
Royal Dutch Shell has come under fire over corroded gas pipes, just days after BP was forced to shut down production at an oilfield in Alaska due to severe pipeline corrosion.

CHAD: Chad Orders 2 Oil Companies to Leave
by Madjiasra Nako The Associated Press
August 27th, 2006
Chad's president on Saturday ordered oil companies Chevron Corp. and Petronas to leave the country, saying neither has paid taxes and his country will take responsibility for the oil fields they have overseen.

PERU: Yanacocha Mine Ceases Carachugo Project Operations
by Robert KozakDow Jones Newswire
August 25th, 2006
Minera Yanacocha SRL, which runs Latin America's largest gold mine, on Friday ceased activities at its Carachugo project in northern Peru because of protests.

INDONESIA: Newmont Exec to Defend Himself in Court
by Robin McDowellAssociated Press
August 25th, 2006
An American gold-mining executive was preparing Friday to defend himself in court for the first time against charges his company dumped millions of tons of mercury and arsenic-laced waste into an Indonesian bay, sickening villagers.

PERU: ‘Voluntary Payment' Instead of Taxes for Mining Firms
by Milagros SalazarInter Press Service (IPS)
August 25th, 2006
Peruvian Prime Minister Jorge del Castillo told Congress that private mining companies operating in Peru would make a "voluntary payment" of 757.5 million dollars over the next five years, to go towards fighting poverty. However, they will not pay the tax on windfall profits that new President Alan García had promised in his campaign.

PHILIPPINES: Lafayette test run cause of water contamination
by Mark Ivan RoblasThe Manilla Times
August 25th, 2006
GOVERNMENT officials and Greenpeace activists have discovered contamination of the waters on Rapu-Rapu Island as the test run for the resumption of the operations of Lafayette Philippines Inc. continues.

PHILIPPINES: Deportation of 3 Greenpeace activists sought by Lafayette
Inquirer (PHIL)
August 24th, 2006
LAFAYETTE Philippines on Thursday said it was preparing legal action against the environmentalist group Greenpeace for trespassing and is seeking the deportation of three Caucasians who climbed up the company’s conveyor belt to unfurl their anti-mining banners for picture taking.

US: Int'l Coal Group stock down as mine survivor sues
August 24th, 2006
Stock in International Coal Group Inc. slipped on Thursday, a day after the company was sued by the lone survivor of the mine disaster that killed 12 men at its Sago coal mine in West Virginia.

PERU: Beggar on a Throne of Gold
by Milagros SalazarInter Press Service (IPS)
August 23rd, 2006
Mining companies operating in Peru are seeing increasing millions in profits as a result of the surge in international prices for metals, but few are contributing what is needed to alleviate the poverty of the people living in mining areas.

US: Company testing mine to determine extent of uranium contamination
by Jim TiffinThe Gallup Independent
August 18th, 2006
A state geologist said Thursday afternoon Rio Cinto Mining Co., also known as Sohio Western Mining, is planning to drill two water wells and sample 11 vent shafts at a former uranium mining site north of the Pueblo of Laguna.

PERU: Indigenous Community to Take Oil Company to Court
by Milagros SalazarInter Press Service
August 17th, 2006
Arankartuktaram! This Achuar cry sums up what indigenous communities in the heart of Peru's Amazon jungle region are demanding from the State and multinational oil companies -- a little respect.

INDONESIA: Java sinks deeper into toxic crisis
by Mark ForbesThe Age (AUS)
August 12th, 2006
TOXIC mud still spurting from a gas drilling well part-owned by Australian mining giant Santos is threatening to mire East Java in a full-scale disaster.

INDIA: Tribal activists carry Indian mining protest to London
by Marianne BarriauxThe Guardian
August 3rd, 2006
Vedanta Resources faced a wave of protest at yesterday's annual meeting as activists travelled to London from the Orissa region of India to challenge the mining group's chairman Anil Agarwal on his company's human and environmental rights record in the country.

WORLD: Requiem for the WTO
by Gustavo Capdevila Inter Press News Service (IPS)
August 2nd, 2006
Civil society activists, who early on foretold the inevitable collapse of the Doha Round, are now predicting the beginning of the end for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) itself, which sponsored the failed negotiations.

INDIA: Investors fly in to tap Orissa's mineral riches
by Khozem MerchantFinancial Times
July 28th, 2006
Ratan Tata will soon become the latest of a series of top industrialists to land his private jet at Bhubaneshwar, the dusty capital of Orissa, whose vast deposits of high quality coal, iron ore and bauxite have made the eastern state the hottest investment destination in India.

GHANA: Mines' cyanide spills targeted
by Steve RaabeThe Denver Post
July 27th, 2006
Mining foes called Wednesday for greater international scrutiny of two cyanide spills at gold mines in Ghana operated by Littleton-based Golden Star Resources.

UK: Water companies head polluters' league
by Charlotte Moore and agenciesGuardian Unlimited
July 26th, 2006
The Environment Agency said it was "disappointed" with the amount of pollution caused by water companies last year, as Thames Water topped the league table of worst polluters in England and Wales.

UK: SFO to investigate Southern Water
by Hans KundnaniThe Guardian
July 19th, 2006
The Serious Fraud Office today announced an investigation into whether Southern Water deliberately misled the water regulator, Ofwat, about its failure to meet customer service standards.

US: BP shuts leaking Alaskan wells
by Mark TranGuardian Unlimited
July 19th, 2006
BP's image today suffered another blow as the British oil giant closed the last 12 of 57 oil wells in Alaska that had been leaking.

UK: Thames Water faces fine of up to £140m
by Hans KundnaniThe Guardian
July 19th, 2006
Thames Water could face a fine of up to £140m for failing to provide a good service to its eight million customers in the south-east of England.

DRC: Minerals Flow Abroad, Misery Remains
by Emad MekayInter Press News Service
July 5th, 2006
International companies and local elites in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are pocketing revenues from copper and cobalt production instead of sharing it with local communities or spending it to reduce poverty, a watchdog group charged Wednesday.

FRANCE: France's shareholder revolt
by Henri AstierBBC
June 29th, 2006

ZAMBIA: Record Copper Prices, But Mine Region Yet to Benefit
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
June 28th, 2006
Record world copper prices should brighten hopes of recovery in Zambia's Copperbelt region after a decade of mine closures and job losses.

US: Costs soar as acidic waters gush freely from 12 of Oregon's abandoned mines
by Diane DietzThe Register-Guard
June 25th, 2006
This is a dirty secret from the Oregon backcountry, where hills are pocked with at least 140 abandoned mines. A dozen of them gush fish-killing acidic waters.

UK: Water Firm's Plan for Drought Order Faces Challenge After Level of Leaks Revealed
by Hugh Muir and Rob BoothThe Guardian (UK)
June 23rd, 2006
Plans by Britain's biggest water company to impose drought order restrictions on its eight million customers may be challenged in court following revelations that its pipes leak 800 gallons a day.

by Kim PetersenThe Dominion Paper
June 22nd, 2006
The Ontario-based mineral company Platinex has slapped the Ojibwa of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake) First Nation (KIFN) with a $10-billion damage suit for refusing the company permission to drill on territory the KIFN says is its own.

AUSTRALIA: Mt Isa Lead Risk For Children
by Michelle Wiese BockmannThe Australian
June 21st, 2006
Children in the Queensland mining capital of Mount Isa have been put at risk by fallout from the city's copper and lead smelters because the state Government has failed to routinely test for lead poisoning.

UK: Thames Water Fails to Plug Leaks But Profits Rise 31%
by Mark MilnerThe Guardian (UK)
June 21st, 2006
The water industry regulator Ofwat sharply criticised Thames Water after the company again failed to meet its target for cutting the amount of water lost through leaks. The news came as the company reported profits had increased by almost a third.

CANADA: Miners, retailers to certify ethical production of metal
by Kelly PattersonThe Ottawa Citizen
June 14th, 2006
Some of the biggest mining companies in the world, including Newmont Mining Corp., BHP Billiton and Canada's Falconbridge Inc., as well as retail giants ranging from Wal-Mart to Tiffany & Co., met in Vancouver recently to consider creating a seal of approval for sustainably produced metals.

CANADA: Canada Conservative Gets Aggressive With Big Oil
by Ian AustenThe New York Times
June 14th, 2006
Danny Williams may be a multimillionaire and a member of the Conservative Party of Canada, but these days he is being compared to a self-proclaimed revolutionary, the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez.

CONGO: Congo's Child Miner Shame
by Orla GuerinBBC News
June 12th, 2006
To commemorate World Day Against Child Labour, BBC News has spent a day with child miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who work for about one dollar per day. At Ruashi mine, in the Eastern province of Katanga, almost 800 children dig for copper and cobalt.

US: Bottlers, States and the Public Slug It Out in Water War
by David FahrentholdWashingtom Post
June 12th, 2006
In a series of lawsuits and statehouse debates that reached critical mass in the past year, activists and lawmakers have questioned whether bottling companies have become too greedy about the water they take from the ground, and -- in some cases -- what gives them the right to take it at all.

CANADA: Sudden Wealth's High Price
by Doug StruckThe Washington Post
June 9th, 2006
Huge mines here turning tarry sand into cash for Canada and oil for the United States are taking an unexpectedly high environmental toll, sucking water from rivers and natural gas from wells and producing large amounts of gases linked to global warming.

ARGENTINA: Kolla Indians Fight to Protect Their Land
by Marcela ValenteInter Press News Service (IPS)
June 8th, 2006
"We are here to take care of the land, because we depend on it for a living," said Andrés Sajama, cacique (chief) of Queta, a Kolla indigenous community in the northwestern Argentine province of Jujuy. "We don't want to block mining projects, but we won't allow them to take away what little we have left," he told IPS.

US: BP under criminal investigation for Alaska spill
by Mark TranThe Guardian
June 8th, 2006
The oil giant BP is under criminal investigation in the US for a big oil spill in Alaska in March that has raised fresh questions about the company's safety record.

ARGENTINA: Another War Over Water
by Marcela ValenteInter Press Service News Agency
June 7th, 2006
Fed up with poor water quality, rate hikes and a lack of investment in expanding infrastructure, residents, union members and environmentalists in the Argentine province of Córdoba have forced a multinational corporation to withdraw from the business, and are now demanding that the state play a part in a new public water company.

CHILE: Chile Struggles to Meet Copper Demand
by Rebecca Bream, Paul Harris and Kevin MorrisonThe Financial Times
June 6th, 2006
Although Chile has an abundant supply of copper, it does not have an abundant supply of the resources it needs to get it out of the ground — including water, capital and even workers.

US: Critics Wary of Development Plans for Utah Land
by Julie CartLos Angeles Times
June 6th, 2006
The proposed Washington County Growth and Conservation Act would sell up to 40 square miles of federal land and use the proceeds to finance a multimillion-dollar water pipeline and other local projects. Utah Republican Sen. Robert F. Bennett and Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson are expected to introduce the bill in coming weeks. Waiting in the wings are nearly a dozen similar bills for counties in Utah, Idaho, Nevada and New Mexico where population pressure is fueling the demand for more developable land.

CHILE: Pascua Lama Gold Mine, a Threat to Sustainability
by Gustavo GonzálezInter Press News Service
June 5th, 2006
The Pascua Lama gold-mining project in northern Chile threatens one of the richest farming valleys in the region of Coquimbo, which is also the area in the country most heavily affected by desertification.

US: New Hampshire Town Bans Corporate Water Withdrawals
by Kat BundySusquehanna
June 1st, 2006
Across the country, corporations are privatizing the commons -- water -- so they can sell it. Now one town is fighting back in a powerful new way: Barnstead, New Hampshire, has become the first municipality in the U.S. to adopt a binding local law that bans certain corporations from withdrawing water within the town. To protect their local law, Barnstead residents have also voted to strip corporations of their claims to constitutional rights and powers. This is not your father's old "regulatory" approach.

AUSTRALIA: Centennial Coal’s community consultation has a price
by Ross Kendall and Michael WalshEthical Investor
June 1st, 2006
Centennial Coal is attempting buy ‘people’s opinions and right to free speech’ with its property purchase contracts for a new mine, according Greenpeace and a local residents group.

VENEZUELA: For Venezuela, a Treasure in Oil Sludge
by Juan ForeroThe New York Times
June 1st, 2006
This great, largely untapped treasure is pitting a leftist government aiming to use oil revenue for social programs against multinational corporations like Chevron, which were invited here a decade ago to develop the Orinoco Belt, a 54-square-mile area some 120 miles south of here.

US: U.S. to Seek Extra $92 Million From Exxon for Valdez Spill
by John HolushaThe New York Times
June 1st, 2006
The federal government and Alaska said today that they would seek to get the Exxon Mobil Corporation to pay an additional $92 million to clean up the lingering effects of the 1989 oil spill caused by the crash of the tanker Exxon Valdez.

CANADA: Canada Pays Environmentally for U.S. Oil Thirst
by Doug StruckWashington Post Foreign Service
May 31st, 2006
Huge mines here turning tarry sand into cash for Canada and oil for the United States are taking an unexpectedly high environmental toll, sucking water from rivers and natural gas from wells and producing large amounts of gases linked to global warming.

LIBERIA: Firestone in Liberia Rubber Row
by Caspar LeightonBBC
May 31st, 2006
Rubber manufacturer Firestone has been accused of buying rubber from plantations illegally occupied by ex-combatants from Liberia's civil war.

SPAIN: Spanish Copper Project Arouses Environmental Anger
by Julia HayleyRueters
May 30th, 2006
A plan to start the biggest open pit copper mine in Europe in southern Spain has run into opposition from environmentalists who fear it will pollute a river with poisonous heavy metals.

CANADA: Platinum Mine Sparks Lawsuits
Canadian Press
May 29th, 2006
The development of a potentially rare and lucrative platinum mine near a reserve in Northern Ontario has prompted a First Nation to sue the provincial government while it faces a $10 billion lawsuit from a Canadian exploration company.

WORLD: The Scariest Predators in the Corporate Jungle
by Thalif DeenInter-Press Service
May 23rd, 2006
The world's oil, gas and mining industries account for nearly two-thirds of all violations of human rights, environmental laws and international labour standards, according to a soon-to-be-released United Nations study.

PHILIPPINES: Philippine communist rebels vow attacks on mines
by Manny MogatoReuters
May 22nd, 2006
Philippine communist rebels vowed on Monday to step up attacks on mining firms and troops guarding them in the northern Kalinga mountains, raising a new threat to a sector that has been beset with environmental woes.

ECUADOR: Bush administration breaks off free trade talks with Ecuador
by Martin CrutsingerAssociated Press
May 16th, 2006
The Bush administration said Tuesday it had broken off negotiations on a free trade agreement with Ecuador following the South American government's decision to annul an operating contract with Occidental Petroleum Corp.

US: Senate Considers Bill on Mine Safety
by John HolushaThe New York Times
May 16th, 2006
Legislation that would increase the supplies of oxygen available to miners trapped by explosions, rock falls or other disasters, among other measures, was introduced in the Senate today by two senators from both parties.

US: Breadbasket of Democracy
by Ted NaceOrion Magazine
May 16th, 2006
Can we trust the future of food production to giant biotech corporations and their lobbyists?

BOLIVIA: Oil Companies Not Entitled to Payment, Bolivian Says
by Carter DoughertyThe New York Times
May 12th, 2006
The leader of Bolivia on Thursday ruled out compensating oil companies for nationalized oil and gas fields as he came under questioning from European officials at the start of a high-level meeting on energy and trade.

WORLD: Investors Risk Losing Billions on Environmentally Destructive Pulp Mills
Environment New Service
May 12th, 2006
Incorrect assumptions about the origins and the cost of wood used in emerging market pulp mills has led international investors to channel tens of billions of dollars worldwide into financially risky and environmentally destructive ventures, finds an analysis of 67 pulp mill projects released Thursday by the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

US: Indigenous join global protest of Newmont gold mining practices
by Brenda NorrellIndian County Today
May 12th, 2006
Western Shoshone and Colville tribal members protested in early May at Newmont Mining Corp.'s annual shareholders meeting, uniting with indigenous from Peru, Indonesia and Ghana to create a protest over the pollution and scarred land resulting from gold mining.

BOLIVIA: Neighbours Recognise Bolivia's 'Sovereign' Right to Nationalise Gas
by Marcela ValenteInter Press News Service
May 4th, 2006
The presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Venezuela confirmed their interest in moving together towards regional energy integration, in a summit held Thursday in the northeastern Argentine province of Misiones to discuss the impact of the Bolivian government's decision to reassert state control over the country's energy resources.

PHILIPPINES: 3 Central Mindanao bishops unite against open-pit operations
by Joseph JubelagManilla Standard Today
May 1st, 2006
Catholic bishops in Central Mindanao are gearing to fight the mining operation of an Australian-owned firm in Tampakan, South Cotabato.

AFRICA: Anger rises in oil-rich Chad as funds don't aid the poor
by Raymond ThibodeauxThe Boston Globe
April 30th, 2006
Three years after Chad began exporting its oil with assistance from the World Bank, few people outside the capital have access to electricity, running water, paved roads, and health clinics. Public schools are nonexistent. Life expectancy is 46 years for men, and only slightly longer for women.

NIGERIA: New Pipeline a "Recipe for Disaster", Locals Say
by Emad Mekay Inter Press News Service (IPS)
April 27th, 2006
Local communities in Nigeria are taking the World Bank before an internal auditor over claims that the lender neglected its duties and anti-poverty mission when it funded a controversial gas pipeline in the region, whose construction they say will harm the environment and area residents.

MADAGASCAR: Rio's dirty washing is on show
by Jonathan KaplanThe Age (Australia)
April 18th, 2006
Environmental campaigner Andrew Lees battled Rio's mining interests in Madagascar, but now the bulldozers have arrived, writes Jonathan Kaplan.

UK: Eight arrests after goldmine raid
by Paul CarterThe Daily Telegraph
April 16th, 2006
FIFTY environmental activists have stormed and occupied an open cut goldmine in Western New South Wales, halting mining operations, and causing the arrest of eight protesters, police and the activists said today.

PHILIPPINES: Missing, despising Marcopper
by Gerald Gene R. QuerubinPhilippine Daily Inquirer
April 6th, 2006
WHEN Marinduque Copper Mining Corp. (Marcopper) stopped its operation in 1997, the municipality of Santa Cruz in Marinduque came to a standstill. Almost 2,500 employees were left jobless, businesses suffered from low sales; some even had to close shop.

NIGERIA: Government Investigation Indicts Shell over Toxic Waste
by Yemie AdeoyeVanguard (Lagos)
April 4th, 2006
THE Ministerial investigation committee into alleged dumping of toxic waste by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) at Igbeku and Ejekimoni communities of Sapele local government area of Delta State has come up with recommendations for the company to remove and treat in situ the "alleged buried waste" to acceptable statutory levels.

SOUTH AMERICA: Creating a Network Against Biopiracy
by Mario OsavaInter Press Service News Agency
March 27th, 2006
Two patents granted in the United States between 2000 and 2002 and another for which an application has been filed have put "maca", a high altitude Andean plant that is used by indigenous people in Peru, at the centre of a new battle against biopiracy, which involves the construction of an international network against the misappropriation of traditional knowledge.

ARGENTINA: Suez Packs Its Bags and Won't Be Back
by María Amparo LassoInter Press Service
March 27th, 2006
The French water company Suez, the favorite villain of anti-privatisation activists, has entered the final stretch of its withdrawal from Argentina and Bolivia, where it has been packing for quite a while. And it could be a long time before it returns to Latin America.

US: Toxic sites' cleanup at risk
by Les BlumenthalThe Sacramento Bee
March 27th, 2006
Grupo Mexico S.A. de C.V. could find itself at the center of the bankruptcy reorganization of Asarco, a century-old American mining and smelting company whose liabilities include the environmental cleanup of 94 Superfund sites in 21 states. Depending on what happens in the bankruptcy reorganization, U.S. taxpayers ultimately could be responsible for the tab.

US: Vague Law and Hard Lobbying Add Up to Billions for Big Oil
by Edmund L. AndrewsThe New York Times
March 27th, 2006
Last month, the Bush administration confirmed that it expected the government to waive about $7 billion in royalties over the next five years, even though the industry incentive was expressly conceived of for times when energy prices were low. And that number could quadruple to more than $28 billion if a lawsuit filed last week challenging one of the program's remaining restrictions proves successful.

BOTSWANA: Bushmen Living: 'I chose to call it stone age' Said Tonge
by Jeff News Center
March 24th, 2006
Renewed political discord hit the presses this week from London about the San Bushmen of Botswana.

MEXICO: At World Forum, Support Erodes for Private Management of Water
by Elisabeth MalkinThe New York Times
March 20th, 2006
In the past decade, according to a private water suppliers trade group, private companies have managed to extend water service to just 10 million people, less than 1 percent of those who need it. Some 1.1 billion people still lack access to clean water, the United Nations says.

INDONESIA: Stones Kill 4 Indonesian Officials in U.S. Mine Protest
by Jane PerlezThe New York Times
March 16th, 2006
Police and rock throwing demonstrators clashed during a protest against the American mining company, Freeport-McMoRan, today leaving three policemen and one Air Force officer dead in the remote province of Papua, witnesses and officials said.

WORLD: Foreign Corporations Backing Off
by Diego CevallosInter Press Service News Agency
March 16th, 2006
Water rights groups say transnational corporations are increasingly sinking their teeth into Latin America's water services, but studies by the United Nations and other experts point to the contrary: these companies are backing off, and may not come back any time soon.

US: Dirtier Side Betrays Promise of ‘Clean Coal’
Kari Lydersen
The New Standard
March 15th, 2006
Between the coal-rich Appalachian Mountains and coal-hungry energy consumers like the state of Ohio, critics say the concept of an eco-friendly use for the fossil fuel is far more misnomer than reality.

INDONESIA: U.S. Aid to Corrupt TNI Risks More Rights Abuses
by Lisa MisolThe Jakarta Post
March 14th, 2006
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to Jakarta follows the Bush Administration's controversial decision to reestablish full relations with the Indonesian Military (TNI). That move opens the door to renewed U.S. assistance, but pumping aid to an unreformed Indonesian military would serve only to encourage further rights abuses and undermine civilian governance.

US: Mercury control program approved despite objections
by Jeff DeLongReno-Gazette-Journal
March 9th, 2006
A mandatory program to control mercury emissions from Nevada gold mines was approved by state officials Wednesday over the objections of environmentalists and residents from the neighboring states of Utah and Idaho.

WORLD: Cleaning Up Its Reputation
by Rebecca BreamFinancial Times
March 6th, 2006
The mining industry has a worldwide image problem. In developing and developed countries alike, the public tends to regard mines as dirty, dangerous and disruptive — and those who stand to profit from them as greedy despoilers.

PERU: Substandard Peruvian Gas Pipeline Blamed for Spills
Environmental News Service
March 2nd, 2006
A pipeline crossing the Peruvian Amazon has spilled natural gas liquids four times since it opened 15 months ago because it was shoddily built by unqualified welders using corroded pipes left from other jobs, according to a new technical report by the nonprofit environmental consultancy E-Tech International based in San Diego.

MEXICO: Mexican strikes cripple mines, mills and refineries
by Frank Jack DanielReuters
March 2nd, 2006
Tens of thousands of Mexican miners and metal workers joined a nationwide strike on Wednesday in two separate disputes that crippled output at the country's biggest mines, metals refineries and steel mills.

NIGERIA: Nigerian Militants Free Six of Nine Foreign Hostages
March 1st, 2006
U.S. hostage Macon Hawkins and five other foreign oil workers kidnapped last month by Nigerian militants were freed today.

NIGERIA: Shell told to pay $1.5 bln damages
February 24th, 2006
A Nigerian court said on Friday Royal Dutch Shell should pay $1.5 billion (861 billion pounds) in damages for pollution in oil-producing Bayelsa state, the latest instalment in a long-running case.

NIGERIA: Nigerian oil industry helpless as militants declare war on Obasanjo
by Dino MahtaniFinancial Times
February 21st, 2006
Villagers in Okerenkoko, once a peaceful settlement along a creek in Nigeria's oil-producing delta region, have feared for weeks what a big military operation against a guerrilla insurgency could bring.

BOLIVIA: Bolivia Indicts Shady Oil Transnat
Prensa Latina
February 20th, 2006
Bolivia´s President Evo Morales is analyzing Monday with specialized officials the current situation of Andina Co., controlled by Spanish transnational Repsol which is accused of illegally trafficking petroleum.

INDONESIA: Rachmat says $30 million Newmont deal no slap in the face
by ID NugrohoThe Jakarta Post
February 19th, 2006
State Minister of the Environment Rachmat Witoelar has defended the government's out-of-court settlement with PT Newmont Minahasa Raya, saying US$30 million was better than no compensation at all.

NIGERIA: Nigeria oil 'total war' warning
BBC News
February 17th, 2006
A Nigerian militant commander in the oil-rich southern Niger Delta has told the BBC his group is declaring "total war" on all foreign oil interests.

US: Congressman Starts Inquiry of Windfall to Oil Companies
by Edmund L. AndrewsThe New York Times
February 16th, 2006
A House Republican began a broad investigation on Wednesday of an Interior Department program that is expected to give billions of dollars in benefits over the next five years to companies that pump oil and gas on federal territory.

US: EPA cites Northshore Mining for clean-air violations
by John MeyersDuluth News Tribune
February 16th, 2006
The EPA alleged Wednesday that Northshore, a subsidiary of Cleveland-Cliffs and its former owner, Cyprus Minerals, modified three taconite furnaces at its Silver Bay processing plant without installing the best available pollution control technology.

INDONESIA: U.S. mine to pay Jakarta $30 million to settle suit
by Jane PerlezThe New York Times
February 16th, 2006
Newmont Mining agreed Thursday to pay $30 million to Indonesia in a settlement of a civil lawsuit in which the government argued that the company had polluted a bay with arsenic and mercury.

CHILE: ‘Yes' to Gold Mine, but Don't Touch the Glaciers
by Daniela EstradaInter Press Service
February 15th, 2006
Environmental authorities in Chile gave the go-ahead Wednesday to the Pascua Lama gold mining project on the Argentine border, but told Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold that it would not be allowed to carry out its plans to "relocate" three glaciers.

by Edmund L. AndrewsThe New York Times
February 14th, 2006
The federal government is on the verge of one of the biggest giveaways of oil and gas in American history, worth an estimated $7 billion over five years.

PHILIPPINES: More woes for Lafayette surface in House hearing
by Michael Lim UbacPhilippine Daily Inquirer
February 9th, 2006
MORE WOES for Lafayette Philippines Inc. (LPI) whose mine on Rapu-Rapu Island in Albay province figured in two toxic spills last year.

PHILIPPINES: Petition against mining firm to be filed in House
by Ronnie E. CalumpitaThe Manila Times
February 8th, 2006
A militant group on Tuesday said that 90 percent of some 5,000 residents of an island in Albay had signed the petition calling for the permanent closure of the operations of an Australian-financed mining firm in the area.

NIGERIA: Nigeria braces for outbreaks of unrest
by Dino MahtaniThe Financial Times
February 7th, 2006
The commander of Nigeria’s military operation in the oil-rich Niger delta has warned of more unrest there as Africa’s biggest oil producer and most populous nation heads towards national elections next year.

US: EPA probing why arsenic found at toxic cleanup site
by Jan BarryNorth Jersey Media Group
February 7th, 2006
The federal Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the source of arsenic found at a cleanup site in Upper Ringwood where a Ford Motor Co. contractor recently removed tons of paint sludge.

INDONESIA: Indonesia to change security pay rules
by Shawn DonnanThe Financial Times
February 7th, 2006
Indonesia plans to revise guidelines governing the relationship between its military and foreign companies for which its soldiers provide security in conflict areas, the country’s defence minister said yesterday.

AFRICA: Mauritania and firm row over oil
BBC News
February 6th, 2006
Mauritanian leaders and Australia's Woodside Petroleum have still to reach agreement over contracts, a fortnight before an oil production deal starts.

BULGARIA: Bulgarians Protest Use of Cyanide Leaching
by Michael WerbowskiWorld Press
February 5th, 2006
The cyanide "leakage" that killed tons of fish in the Czech river Labe (Elbe) recently has re-focused public attention throughout central and Eastern Europe to the environmental and human dangers associated with this toxic chemical, especially when it spills into a nearby river or tributary.

AFRICA: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: 'Conflict Free' Diamonds Emerge -- but Should You Believe It?
by Ron LieberWall Street Journal
February 4th, 2006
The "conflict" or "blood" diamond problem first drew wide notice in the late 1990s, when reports highlighted that rebels in African countries were using diamonds to fund brutal campaigns.

UK: Kyrgyzstan President's attack sends Oxus shares crashing
by Saeed ShahThe Independent
February 4th, 2006
Oxus Gold shares crashed 17 per cent yesterday as the City reacted to news that the President of Kyrgyzstan had called its operations in the country "irresponsible and unlawful".

PHILIPPINES: No new mining permits
by Gil C. Cabacungan Jr. , Blanche S. RiveraPhilippine Daily Inquirer
February 4th, 2006
PRESIDENT Macapagal-Arroyo has offered to suspend the issuance of new mining permits to try to appease Roman Catholic bishops strongly opposed to the country's new Mining Act, a top Malacanang official said yesterday.

US: U.S. Mining Giant Called Lax in Waste Disposal in Indonesia
by Jane PerlezThe New York Times
February 3rd, 2006
A star government witness in a criminal trial against the American mining giant, Newmont, told a court today that waste from the company's mine was deposited in the sea at too shallow a depth, causing the contamination of fish.

US: Mountaintop Removal Mining Permits Challenged in West Virginia
Environment News Service
February 2nd, 2006
To stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from permitting streams, valleys, historic places, and communities across West Virginia to be destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining and valley fills, West Virginia citizen groups went back to court Wednesday.

GHANA: World Bank unit OKs Newmont Ghana mine investment
by Lesley WroughtonReuters
February 1st, 2006
The International Finance Corporation, the World Bank's private-sector lending arm, on Tuesday approved $125 million in loans for gold major Newmont Mining Corp.'s Ahafo project in Ghana, but not all countries on the IFC's 24-member board agreed it was a good move.

INDONESIA: New York Urges U.S. Inquiry in Mining Company's Indonesia Payment
by Raymond Bonner and Jane PerlezThe New York Times
January 28th, 2006
The New York City comptroller has charged that the American mining company Freeport-McMoRan knowingly made ''false or misleading'' statements about payments to the Indonesian military, and has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department to investigate.

VENEZUELA: Indigenous Demonstrators Protest Coal Mining
by Humberto MárquezInterpress News Service
January 27th, 2006
Indigenous protesters from northwestern Venezuela marched Friday through the streets of Caracas, which is hosting the sixth World Social Forum (WSF), to protest plans for mining coal on their land.

INDONESIA: A Widow Who Won't Let Indonesia Forget
by Raymond Bonner and Jane PerlezThe New York Times
January 26th, 2006
In more than six hours of questioning by Indonesian police investigators, Patsy Spier described how attackers fired into the convoy carrying her, her husband and eight other Americans up a mountain road inside the concession of Freeport-McMoRan, an American mining company. Then she repeated her pitch for justice.

PHILIPPINES: Rare Marine Mammal Dies in Waters Contaminated by Mine Tailings
by Gerry Albert CorpuzBulatlat
January 24th, 2006
The recent fish kill and death of the dugong, a rare marine mammal, in Rapu-Rapu Island validate the toxic effects of cyanide and other heavy metals found in mine tailings that spilled from the mines of Lafayette Mining.

GHANA: Ghana Journalists Condemn Gold Mining Campaign Aimed at Children
Environment News Service
January 23rd, 2006
The Ghana Institute of Journalism is objecting to a new public relations collaboration between the mining company Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd. and the weekly newspaper "Junior Graphic" to make positive information about gold mining available to children in Ghana.

BOLIVIA: Bolivia’s Morales rejects US domination
by Hal WeitzmanThe Financial Times
January 22nd, 2006
Evo Morales was sworn in on Sunday as Bolivia’s first indigenous president in a historic and emotional ceremony that set the tone for his new government, promising to move much the profits of Bolivia's natural resources to the people of Bolivia.

INDONESIA: Mining Company Notes U.S. Review of Payments to Indonesian Military
by Katharine Q. SeelyeThe New York Times
January 19th, 2006
Executives of Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold have acknowledged that the mining company is under scrutiny by the federal government regarding payments it made to the Indonesian military.

BOLIVIA: Bechtel Drops $50 Million Claim to Settle Bolivian Water Dispute
Environmental News Service
January 19th, 2006
Bechtel, a global engineering and construction company based in San Francisco, today reached agreement with the government of Bolivia, dropping a legal demand for $50 million after a revolt over privatizing water services in the city of Cochabamba forced the company out of Bolivia in April 2000.

MADAGASCAR: Gold Rush Attracts Foreign Interest
by Tim CocksPort Louis L'Express
January 17th, 2006
Though largely unexplored, mining experts think the Indian Ocean island has big untapped deposits of gold, platinum, sapphires, rubies, diamonds and emeralds. Each year, thousands leave their villages to dig for gold and precious stones in a country where three quarters of the 17 million-strong population live on less than a dollar a day. An increasing number of international mineral exploration companies are also setting up operations on the world's fourth largest island.

US: Doomed Miners Tried to Escape; Mine's Safety Record Examined
by Gardiner HarrisThe New York Times
January 11th, 2006
Also yesterday, federal mine officials made public records of inspections done at the Sago Mine last year that concluded that mine supervisors had repeatedly failed to uncover dangerous conditions before starting a day's production.

BOLIVIA: Spanish energy giant Repsol says it respects international law
Agence France Presse
January 10th, 2006
Spanish energy giant Repsol-YPF said that it respects international law, in reaction to accusations that the company claimed to own part of Bolivia's gas reserves.

US: Fines in mining deaths cut back
by Thomas FrankUSA Today
January 10th, 2006
The nation's coal mines have been required to pay only a fraction of the federal fines imposed after deadly accidents since 1999, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

INDONESIA: Recklessness in Indonesia
The New York Times
January 9th, 2006
Freeport-McMoRan, an American company that operates a giant open-pit copper and gold mine in Papua, is a major contributor to Indonesia's economy. The company is also one of Indonesia's most reckless polluters and a source of hard cash -- cash the company concedes is protection money -- for the Indonesian military, which has one of the worst human rights records anywhere.

US: Moving Mountains
by Erik ReeceOrion Magazine
January 9th, 2006
It is the people of Appalachia who pay the highest price for the rest of the country's cheap energy—through contaminated water, flooding, cracked foundations and wells, bronchial problems related to breathing coal dust, and roads that have been torn up and turned deadly by speeding coal trucks.

US: Under Bush, mine-safety enforcement eased
by Seth Borenstein and Linda J. JohnsonPhiladelphia Inquirer
January 8th, 2006
A Knight Ridder investigation shows the number of major fines has dropped and the dollar amounts have plunged. But deaths and injuries from accidents are near record-low levels in recent years.

US: Safety Violations Have Piled Up at Coal Mine
by Joby WarrickWashington Post
January 4th, 2006
Time and again over the past four years, federal mining inspectors documented the same litany of problems at central West Virginia's Sago Mine: mine roofs that tended to collapse without warning. Faulty or inadequate tunnel supports. A dangerous buildup of flammable coal dust.

US: Shell Subsidiary Agrees to Settle Charges
Associated Press
January 4th, 2006

US: Katrina Oil Spill Clouds Future Of Battered Suburb
by Betsy McKayWall Street Journal
January 3rd, 2006
When the levees that protected Chalmette gave way to Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, about 1,800 homes were inundated with floodwaters carrying nearly 1.1 million gallons of oil from a nearby refinery.

NIGERIA: Blood Flows With Oil in Poor Villages
by Lydia PolgreenThe New York Times
January 1st, 2006
For months a pitched battle has been fought between communities that claim authority over this village and the right to control what lies beneath its watery ground: a potentially vast field of crude oil that has caught the attention of a major energy company.

AZERBAIJAN: Azerbaijan oil: a mixed blessing
Christian Science Monitor
December 30th, 2005
The corruption-prone country expects oil revenues to total $160 billion by 2025.

INDONESIA: Military Admits Accepting Payments from Mining Company
Associated Press
December 29th, 2005

INDONESIA: Mining Company Paid Military, General Says
Associated Press
December 29th, 2005
A senior Indonesian general has admitted that the military received massive payments from a U.S. mining company for providing security at a gold and copper mine in the remote eastern province of Papua.

RUSSIA: In Russia, Pollution Is Good for Business
by Andrew E. KramerThe New York Times
December 28th, 2005
One of the paradoxes of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change is that companies in Russia and other Eastern European countries, which are among the world's largest producers of greenhouse gases, are poised to earn hundreds of millions of dollars through trading their rights to release carbon dioxide into the air.

NEW GUINEA: Below a Mountain of Wealth, a River of Waste
by Jane Perlez and Raymond Bonner, with Evelyn RusliThe New York Times
December 27th, 2005
It is hard to discern the intricate web of political and military ties that have helped shield Freeport-McMoRan from the rising pressures that other gold miners have faced to clean up their practices. Only lightly touched by a scant regulatory regime, and cloaked in the protection of the military, Freeport has managed to maintain a nearly impenetrable redoubt on the easternmost Indonesian province as it taps one of the country's richest assets.

INDONESIA: The Cost of Gold: The Hidden Payroll
by Jane Perlez and Raymond BonnerThe New York Times
December 27th, 2005
Months of investigation by The New York Times revealed a level of contacts and financial support to the military not fully disclosed by Freeport, despite years of requests by shareholders concerned about potential violations of American laws and the company's relations with a military whose human rights record is so blighted that the United States severed ties for a dozen years until November.

ZIMBABWE: Mining Firms Scandal Unearthed
by Martin KadzereThe Herald (Harare)
December 20th, 2005
At least five small and medium mining firms are said to have smuggled minerals worth more than US$100 million since the beginning of this year.

US: $64B diamond industry rocked by fraud
December 20th, 2005
A scandal has rocked the $64 billion global diamond business and tarnished the credibility of one the industry's biggest players,according to a news report Tuesday.

VENEZUELA: State Gives Exxon an Ultimatum
by Greg MorsbachBBC News
December 20th, 2005

US: Suit Filed Against BP, Exxon in Alaska
by Matt VolzAssociated Press
December 20th, 2005
An antitrust lawsuit filed against Exxon Mobil Corp. and BP PLC claims the two oil giants are restricting the nation's supply of natural gas and keeping prices at record highs.

ARGENTINA: The War for Gold in Catamarca
by Darío ArandaPágina 12 Newspaper
December 18th, 2005
Water that is undrinkable. Air that is better left unbreathed. A community impoverished, living above mountains of gold. These are some of the contradictions of Andalgalá, a town of 17,000 inhabitants in Catamarca, Argentina, 240 kilometres from the provincial capital, home for ten years now to the largest gold and copper mine in the country, and one of the largest in the world.

BOLIVIA: Who Will Bring Water to the Bolivian Poor?
by Juan ForeroThe New York Times
December 15th, 2005
Five years after the citizens of Cochabamba won the "water war" against multinational Bechtel, the poorer half of the city still has no reliable access to the now-public water utility.

US: In selling Maine's Fresh Waters, Does Maine Get a Cut?
by Sara Miller LlanaChristian Science Monitor
December 14th, 2005
These days, instead of evoking Maine's tranquil forestland and waterways, the Poland Springs brand symbolizes a battle over who owns and controls the water that seeps into the state's permeable rock.

NIGERIA: Oil and Misery
by Lydia PolgreenThe New York Times
December 10th, 2005

LIBERIA: Firestone Sued Over "Slave" Plantation
by Haider
December 8th, 2005
Firestone, a multinational rubber manufacturing giant known for its automobile tires, has come under fire from human rights and environmental groups for its alleged use of child labor and slave-like working conditions at a plantation in Liberia.

CAMEROON: Frustrations Grow in Cameroon over Oil Pipeline
November 18th, 2005
Oil was meant to bring hope and money to this sleepy fishing town in Cameroon, but Kribi's residents say they can barely make ends meet.

US: Jewellers throw weight behind mining bill protest
by Ben BainThe Financial Times
November 17th, 2005
Jewellers throw weight behind mining bill protest US gold retailers fear proposed reform of an 1872 law could prompt an environmentalist backlash against them.

NIGERIA: In key ruling, court deems gas-flaring illegal
November 15th, 2005
Issuing a landmark ruling that opens the way for compensation claims against oil conglomerates, a court in Nigeria has declared the flaring of natural gas illegal.

INDIA: Jharkhand tribal groups up in arms against projects
Press Trust of India (PTI)
November 15th, 2005
Tribal outfits and political parties in mineral-rich Kolhan region of Jharkhand are up in arms against development projects, including industries, fearing they would result in large scale displacement of inhabitants and loss of their sources of livelihood.

US: Koch Buys Georgia-Pacific
November 14th, 2005
Koch's acquisition of Georgia-Pacific makes it the largest private corporation in the United States.

US: Neighbors of toxic mine want ARCO to pay for fence; EPA agrees
by Scott SonnerAssociated Press
November 13th, 2005
Neighbors of a toxic mine site in Nevada want to know why an oil company responsible for its cleanup won't fence off nearly 6 square miles of mill tailings and ponds.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mining Giants Seek Their Fortune Abroad
by Linus AtarahInter Press Service
November 11th, 2005
A number of South African mining companies, long a pillar of the country's economy, are now primed for take-off to countries with lower mining standards and labour regulations.

US: Bottler to Pay $1 Million for Pollution of 2 Rivers
by Wendy ThermosLos Angeles Times
November 11th, 2005
Runoff was harmful to humans and marine life, EPA says. Fines came in civil and criminal cases.

NIGERIA: Ogoni Minority Mark Saro-Wiwa's Death
Agence-France Presse
November 10th, 2005
Hundreds of members of Nigeria's Ogoni minority have marched in the oil city of Port Harcourt to mark the tenth anniversary of the execution of rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa after he protested against the energy giant Shell.

Azerbaijan: Oil billions and poverty in ex-Soviet Azerbaijan
Agence France Presse
October 31st, 2005
Azerbaijan may be experiencing an oil boom but analysts warn it could be short-lived and millions of ordinary Azerbaijanis have so far seen little of the windfall from oil revenues.

PERU: Tangled Strands in Fight Over Peru Gold Mine
by Jane Perlez and Lowell BergmanThe New York Times
October 25th, 2005
Yanacocha is Newmont's prize possession, the most productive gold mine in the world. But if history holds one lesson, it is that where there is gold, there is conflict, and the more gold, the more conflict.

INDIA: Health Minister: 'Coke Plant Will Not Be Allowed to Function'
The Hindu
October 25th, 2005
Health Minister K.K. Ramachandran on Monday said the Government "would not allow the bottling plant of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. at Plachimada to reopen against the will of the people." (Mr. Ramachandran is the first Minister to have visited Plachimada where the local people have been waging an agitation for the last three years demanding the closure of the company for allegedly exploiting the groundwater, leading to shortage of water for drinking and irrigation purposes.)

WORLD: The Cost of Gold
October 24th, 2005
The price of gold is higher than it has been in 17 years - pushing $500 an ounce. But much of the gold left to be mined is microscopic and is being wrung from the earth at enormous environmental cost, often in some of the poorest corners of the world.

CANADA: MPs Call for Tougher Rules on Overseas Mines
by Paul Weinberg Inter Press Service
October 22nd, 2005
A call by members of Canada's parliament for legally binding measures to govern the behaviour of Canadian mining companies around the world, and specifically to investigate the activities of a Calgary-based operation in the Philippines, has been turned down flat by the Canadian government's foreign affairs minister Pierre Pettigrew.

ECUADOR: Amazon Indians say Texaco left damage
by Gonzalo SolanoAssociated Press
October 20th, 2005
About 50 Cofan Indians, some holding handkerchiefs over their faces to fend off an acrid chemical stench, gathered around two contaminated open pits they say were left behind and never adequately cleaned up by the former Texaco Corp.

US: EPA probes alleged mud dumping in Alaska
by Mark ThiessenThe Associated Press
October 18th, 2005
Federal regulators are investigating the alleged dumping of thousands of gallons of tainted mud by a Texas drilling company into the Beaufort Sea on Alaska's northern coast, a spokeswoman for Alaska's environmental protection agency said Tuesday.

PHILIPPINES: Placer Dome Suit May Not Damp Philippine Mining, Secretary Says
by Ian C. Sayson and Chia-Peck Wong Bloomberg
October 11th, 2005
An environmental lawsuit filed by a Philippine province against Placer Dome Inc., Canada's second- largest gold producer, may not damp overseas investments in Philippines mining industry, a government official said.

US: A Quest for Oil Collides With Nature in Alaska
by Felicity BarringerThe New York Times
October 2nd, 2005
The 217,000 acres of windblown water and mottled tundra here on the North Slope of Alaska, separating Teshekpuk Lake from the Beaufort Sea, are home in summer to 50,000 to 90,000 migratory birds. This corner of Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve is also thought to be brimming with oil.

ROMANIA: An oil fortune bound in red tape
by Terence O'HaraWashington Post
August 16th, 2005
G. Philip Stephenson does not cut the figure of an Eastern European oil baron, clashing with formerly communist security officials over the legality of his budding empire.

INDONESIA: American Mining Company Denies Polluting Indonesian Bay
by Jane PerlezThe New York Times
August 5th, 2005
In a muggy auditorium secured by several hundred police officers, the government on Friday brought criminal charges of polluting against the American mining giant Newmont and its head of operations here.

US: Newmont on Trial in Indonesia for Pollution
by Jane PerlezNew York Times
August 5th, 2005
The Indonesian government today brought criminal charges of polluting the environment against the American mining company Newmont, and its head of operations here.

NIGERIA: Chevron Paid Troops After Alleged Killing
by David R. Baker
August 4th, 2005
Nigerian soldiers guarding Chevron oil rigs billed the company for $109.25 a day after they allegedly attacked two villages in the volatile country, killing four people and setting fire to homes.

INDONESIA: Indonesia hit by petrol shortages
by Rachel HarveyBBC News
July 18th, 2005
The oil crisis is hitting Indonesia - one the world's biggest oil producers - as it struggles to end subsidised prices for petrol.

CANADA: Indigenous Youth Challenge Corporate Mining
by Angela SterrittWeekly Indigenous News
July 15th, 2005

US: Is Nevada a Toxic Neighbor?
by Jeff DeLongReno Gazette-Journal
July 10th, 2005
With concern mounting that Nevada gold mines are belching clouds of toxic mercury downwind to neighboring states, officials are being urged to tighten regulations regarding the dangerous pollutant.

BORNEO: Lowland Forests Face Extinction
June 8th, 2005
The lowland tropical rain forests in Indonesian Borneo could disappear in five years due to rampant logging and forest fires, endangering the survival of many exotic species, an international conservation group said on Tuesday.

CONGO: Anvil Mining Hammered Over Military Assistance
by Peter GonnellaMineWeb
June 8th, 2005

BRAZIL: New Logging Permits Banned in Amazon State
by By Alan Clendenning Associated Press
June 6th, 2005
New logging permits were suspended Friday in a huge Amazon state where the rain forest is being cleared at an ever increasing rate, a day after police launched a crackdown on official corruption.

PERU: Mining Groups Struggle to Operate
by Hal WeitzmanFinancial Times
June 4th, 2005

US: Clean-Energy Mega-Mall
by Amanda Griscom LittleGrist
May 20th, 2005
The developer of a new mall planned for Upstate New York vows that it will be the closest thing to an "Apollo Project" for renewable energy that America has ever seen -- one that grows the economy, strengthens national security by encouraging energy independence, and protects the environment.

US: Shouting Drowns Out Positive Weyerhaeuser Report
by By BILL VIRGINSeattle Post-Intelligencer
April 22nd, 2005
The normally staid annual shareholders meeting of Weyerhaeuser Co. was anything but a buttoned-down affair yesterday, with representatives of labor, environmental and Canadian tribal groups shouting at the company's chief executive and demanding an opportunity to present their criticisms of the forest-product company.

LATIN AMERICA: New Gold Rush Runs into Opposition
by Mark StevensonAssociated Press
April 12th, 2005
A surge in world gold prices is attracting U.S. and Canadian companies eager for another crack at the Latin American lodes that once enriched the Old World. But their modern-day methods -- strip mines and cyanide-based refining -- are meeting fierce resistance.

BOLIVIA: Political Landscape Shaped by Protests
by Monte ReelThe Washington Post
April 4th, 2005
"Bolivia has natural gas, water, coca and all kinds of natural resources," said one activist. "But the problem is that they keep stealing it from us."

HONDURAS: Creating a Logjam
by Chris KraulLos Angeles Times
March 21st, 2005
As deforestation erodes rural life, a priest has taken on the timber industry and forced an unofficial freeze. Critics call him inflexible.

PERU: Villagers Seek Justice
by Peter HechtSan Francisco Chronicle
March 20th, 2005
Unbeknownst to the driver, at least one canister leaked 330 pounds of glittering silver droplets onto the highway, attracting curious residents of the small farming community called Choropampa.

US: Firm Accused Of Asbestos Coverup Contamination Scars Montana Town
by Carrie Johnson and Dina ElBoghdadyWashington Post
February 8th, 2005
Federal prosecutors yesterday charged W.R. Grace & Co. with exposing mine workers and residents in a small mountain community in Montana to deadly asbestos and covering up the danger.

ICELAND: Threatened Protestors Raise Stakes
Corporate Watch
January 26th, 2005
People in Iceland are calling for an international protest against the building of a series of giant dams, currently under construction in the eastern highlands of Iceland.

TASMANIA: Logging Company Tries to Sue Protestors into Silence
Corporate Watch
January 26th, 2005
Gunns, the company responsible for logging the Tasmanian rainforests, is responding to a 5-year long campaign of protests and direct action by issuing a mass lawsuit, hoping to intimidate or impoverish its opponents out of existence.

BOTSWANA: Exiles of the Kalahari
by Tom PriceMother Jones
Forcibly resettled by a Botswanan government eager to clear the way for diamond mining, the Bushmen are battling to regain their ancestral homeland.

GUATEMALA: Clashes Over Glamis Mining Project
by Wendy StueckToronto Globe and Mail
January 13th, 2005
Villagers in Guatemala this week blocked a road leading to a gold mine being built by Glamis Gold Corp., resulting in conflicting reports about the event.

INDONESIA: Report Heightens Pollution Dispute with Newmont Mining
by Jane PerlezNew York Times
November 8th, 2004
A government panel presented a bitterly fought-over report on Monday showing that sediment in the equatorial bay where the world's biggest gold producer, Newmont Mining Corporation, deposited mine waste is polluted with significant levels of arsenic and mercury. But the panel found the water quality met Indonesian standards.

JAMAICA: Dust-Up Swirls Around Key Jamaica Industry
by Carol J. WilliamsLos Angeles Times
October 25th, 2004
People living near an Alcoa bauxite refinery say emissions are damaging their health. The government and business reject the claim.

INDONESIA: Spurred by Illness, Indonesians Lash Out at Newmont Mining
by Jane Perlez and Evelyn RusliNew York Times
September 8th, 2004

INDONESIA: Newmont closes controversial mine – stages “planned” pull-out in Sulawesi
by James RoseEthical Corporation
August 25th, 2004
The US gold mining giant has announced it will get out of its controversial Minahasa Raya mine in northern Sulawesi as part of its scheduled program.

US: Rewriting Coal Policy; Friends in the White House Come to Coal's Aid
by Christopher Drew and Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Claire HoffmanThe New York Times
August 9th, 2004
Bush administration policies have abandoned a series of Clinton-era safety proposals favored by coal miners while embracing others favored by mine owners.

ISRAEL/SOUTH AFRICA: The Cartel Isn't Forever
The Economist
July 15th, 2004
An Israeli tycoon is helping to force De Beers to surrender its control of the world's diamond market

SOUTH AFRICA: DeBeers Pleads Guilty to Price-Fixing
by Margaret Webb PresslerWashington Post
July 14th, 2004
DeBeers SA, the huge diamond company, pleaded guilty yesterday to price fixing and agreed to pay $10 million to settle a 10-year-old indictment, which paves the way for the company to start doing business directly with the American market.

ANGOLA: Lure Of 'Blood Diamonds' Brings Risk, Hardship
by John ReedLA Times
June 28th, 2004
Freelance miners, called garimpeiros, speak of exploitative and life-threatening working conditions.

World: WB to Work on Oil, Gas and Mining Projects
Financial Times
February 26th, 2004
The president of the World Bank and his management colleagues will reject several of the crucial recommendations of a review about the extractive industries - oil, gas and mining - they themselves instituted. In particular, they will oppose the idea that the Bank should phase out all oil projects within five years.

Indonesia: Tensions in Mining Operations
by Kafil YaminInter Press Service
February 23rd, 2004
The government and Dayak villagers have called in fresh troops as tension intensifies over disputed mining operations on Sebuku, an island of some 3,000 residents in central Indonesia.

Iceland: Power Driven
by Susan De MuthThe Guardian
November 29th, 2003
In Iceland, work has already begun on a colossal $1bn dam which, when it opens in 2007, will cover a highland wilderness - and all to drive one US smelter. Environmentalists are furious, but the government appears determined to push through the project, whatever the cost

Vanuatu: Reefs at Risk After Disney Film
by David FicklingGuardian (London)
November 21st, 2003
A booming trade in aquarium fish, sparked by Finding Nemo, the Disney film featuring clownfish, is endangering the wildlife of the Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific. Over the past year about 200,000 fish and other marine creatures have been exported from the country, and local tour firms are warning that the reefs will be at risk if the tropical fish trade is not regulated.

SOUTH AFRICA: Tribe Wins Rights to Diamond-Rich Land
by Rory CarrollThe Guardian (London)
October 15th, 2003
A South African tribal community robbed of its land in the 19th century yesterday won a court battle to regain land and mineral rights to diamonds that could be worth billions of pounds.

Brazil: Battling for the Environment
by Paulo CabralBBC Brazilian Service
August 20th, 2003
The virtual disappearance of a waterfall at Brazil's Paulo Afonso gorge - once called "Brazil's Niagara" by Victorian explorer Richard Burton - is perhaps the most visible of a number of changes along the Sao Francisco river made in order to generate hydroelectric power.

India: River Plans Spark Furore
by Jyotsna SinghBBC
August 19th, 2003
India's plans to link major rivers in the region to provide water to arid states are causing a furore among its neighbours and environmentalists. Indian officials insist that the project is at a very early stage and that concerned neighbours will be consulted before the plans are firmed up.

Lesotho: Water Troubles Building Resentment
August 6th, 2003
For the past six years Anna Moepi and her sister have been scratching a living in a village a few kilometres from the capital of Lesotho, Maseru. These woman are one of the many people whos homeland was flooded due to a massive water project that was undertaken in the area.

Ghana: Anti-Mining Activists Threatened and Harrassed
by Mike AnaneEnvironment News Service
July 30th, 2003
The National Coalition of Civil Society Groups Against Mining in Ghana Forest Reserves has condemned what coalition members describe as deliberate and horrific acts of harassment directed at two of their colleagues by Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited, the district chief executive of Adansi West, and a number of the traditional rulers in the Obuasi area.

India: Coke Adds Life?
by Paul Vallely, Jon Clarke and Liz Stuart in KeralaIndependent/UK
July 25th, 2003
Three years ago, the little patch of land in the green, picturesque rolling hills of Palakkad in the Indian state of Kerala yielded 50 sacks of rice and 1,500 coconuts a year. It provided work for dozens of labourers. Then Coca-Cola arrived and built a 40-acre bottling plant next door.

Liberia: Civilians Seek Ban on Natural Resources Trade
Environment News Service
July 22nd, 2003
A halt to extraction and trade of Liberian gold, diamonds and timber would help stop the fighting that has killed at least 600 civilians in the capital in the past five days, according to the Environmental Lawyers Association of Liberia and two other nongovernmental organizations.

BRAZIL: Land Reforms Promised to Peasant Activists
by Andrew HayReuters
July 3rd, 2003
Brazil promised on Thursday to speed land reforms after landless movement leaders met with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, but the pledge did little to halt a wave of occupations by peasant activists.

USA: Bottled Water Blues
by Kari LydersenAlterNet
June 3rd, 2003
The residents of Mecosta County and the surrounding areas in central Michigan regard water as central to their identity. They fish for trout and watch ospreys and eagles feeding in the streams. They spend warm days by the ponds and small lakes that dot the woodlands. And of course the Great Lakes, which hold a fifth of the world's fresh water, are a constant presence. So when a huge multinational bottled water company decided to move in and start pumping over half a million gallons of water a day out of the springs that feed their lakes and streams, the residents took it personally.

USA: Private Firms Belly-flop in the H2O Biz
by Jane KellyThe Sacramento Bee
April 7th, 2003
Multinational corporations vie for a share of the American water market, and if they are given the opportunity, affordable drinking water may soon be a thing of the past. From Stockton, to Atlanta, to Cochabamba, Bolivia, privatization has proven a risky business with far-reaching consequences.

USA: Bechtel to Get Richer in Post-War Iraq
by Aaron Davis and Dana HullSan Jose Mercury News
March 25th, 2003
Bechtel raised the Bay Bridge and assembled the Hoover Dam. The San Francisco company extinguished the oil well fires in Kuwait and dug tunnels for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. Its workers have laid 50,000 miles of pipeline and built 17,000 miles of roadway in 140 countries.

BRAZIL: South Could Become Stage for Water Wars
by Mario OsavaInter Press Service
March 21st, 2003

Developing countries rich in water resources could become scenarios of war similar to what is happening today in Iraq if water continues to be privatized and sold like any other merchandise or "good", warned Leonardo Morelli, the organizer of the Social Water Forum, taking place in Brazil.

WORLD: Water Privatization Under Fire
Inter Press News Service
March 10th, 2003
Privatization of water services has had negative consequences in many countries, says the environmental network Friends of the Earth International, which urges global resistance to the commercialization of this essential resource.

Ghana: Gold Discovered Beneath Forest Reserves
by Mike AnaneEnvironment News Service
March 4th, 2003
Dozens of bulldozers and excavators belonging to five multinational mining companies operating in Ghana are poised to tear apart thousands of hectares of forest reserves in the Ashanti, Western and Eastern Regions of the country, if the government gives them approval to haul out what they describe as rich deposits of gold beneath the forests

WORLD: The Planet is Running Out of Fresh Water
by Maude BarlowThe Guardian
February 26th, 2003
The private sector was the first to notice: the planet is running out of fresh water at such a rate that soon it will be the most valuable commodity on earth.

BRAZIL: Vivendi Moves to Keep Water Company
by Raymond ColittFinancial Times
February 18th, 2003
Vivendi Environnement will today launch last-ditch negotiations to recover control of a Brazilian water company after a state government said it would take over management from the French utility.

US: Water Industry's Cash to Political Campaigns Helps Fuel Effort to Privatize
February 12th, 2003
Most of that came from a core group of seven of the nation's largest water companies and the industry association that represents them, said the article.

US: Privatized Water Deal Collapses in Atlanta
by Douglas JehlNew York Times
February 10th, 2003
Privatization has hit the water sector, which has remained mostly the bastion of public utilities. Over the last five years, hundreds of American communities, including Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Gary, Ind., have hired private companies to manage their waterworks, serving about one in 20 Americans.

UK: De Beers Changes Its Name to Element Six
Canada NewsWire
September 30th, 2002
CO. CLARE, Ireland (September 30) -- From October 1st, 2002, the De Beers Industrial Diamonds group of companies (Debid) including Drukker International, will become Element Six. The new corporate and brand name is derived from the fact that diamond is a form of carbon, and carbon is the sixth element in the periodic table. The companies feel that the choice of this name encompasses their several businesses in an imaginative and differentiating way, reflecting the modern industrial diamond industry.

PERU: Women to be Reckoned With
by Barbara J.
September 24th, 2002
In a remote mining camp, small businesses give women economic security -- and freedom. High on an arid western slope of the Andes, Santa Filomena is nearly invisible from a distance. The cluster of straw-mat shacks is barely distinguishable from the surrounding hills. There is no water or greenery, and until recently, there was not even an electric light. But for nearly 15 years, the village has attracted settlers from as far away as Piura, in the north, as well as the local department of Ayacucho.

SOUTH AFRICA: Police Arrest 52 in Landless March Ahead of Earth Summit
Agence France Presse
August 22nd, 2002
Fifty-two protesters were arrested after about 2,000 landless South Africans marched on provincial offices in Johannesburg to demand an end to forced removals from squatter camps, a police spokeswoman said.

NIGERIA: Women Stick to Oil Demands
by D'Arcy DoranAssociated Press
July 13th, 2002
Oil company executives thumped the table and even offered concessions, but the women who took over a giant oil terminal and trapped hundreds of workers inside did not budge Saturday in their demands for jobs for their sons and electricity for their homes.

AFRICA: Controversy Continues to Dog Major World Bank Projects
by Jim
April 25th, 2002
The World Bank president's June meeting could do worse than to consider Uganda's Bujagali Dam project and Tanzania's Bulyanhulu Gold Mine. The two large-scale projects are being supported by the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Miga), as part of a broad strategy to increase economic growth and alleviate poverty.

BRAZIL: Peasants Take Over Ranches of the Rich
EFE News Service
March 26th, 2002
Some 300 members of Brazil's Landless Peasants' Movement (MST) took over an estate belonging to an associate of the country's president in the state of Sao Paulo Monday, organization spokesmen said.

US: Mine Workers Chief Arrested at Massey Energy Protest
Environment News Service
March 15th, 2002
United Mine Workers president Cecil Roberts was one of 11 people arrested Thursday at the site of a huge coal sludge spill as they demonstrated against the environmental performance of Massey Energy.

ECUADOR: Amazon Indians Appeal Texaco Case Ruling
by Gail ApplesonReuters
March 11th, 2002
Rainforest Indians of Ecuador and Peru urged a U.S. appeals court on Monday to reinstate nine-year-old litigation against Texaco, alleging that toxic dumping devastated their environment and exposed residents to cancer-causing pollutants.

INDIA: Novelist Roy is Grassroots Hero
by Madeleine BuntingThe Guardian (UK)
March 7th, 2002
When Arundhati Roy woke up at 5.30am this morning in Tihar prison, New Delhi, it must have struck her that reality was proving stranger than any fiction. Over the past week terrible communal violence in India has claimed hundreds of lives while the forces of law and order stood by. This has now been juxtaposed with the spectacle of a diminutive, softly spoken novelist being sent to one of the country's most notorious prisons to uphold what the supreme court called the ''glory of the law'' because she dared to criticize it.

INDONESIA: Man Shot at Australian Gold Mine
Environment News Service
January 23rd, 2002
An Indonesian man was shot by security police at an Australian gold mine in Indonesian Borneo. The gold mine is located in a remote area of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, inhabited mainly by indigenous Dayak people.

Ghana: Cyanide Spill Worst Disaster Ever in West African Nation
by Mike AnaneEnvironment News Service
October 24th, 2001
Villages in the Wassa West District of Ghana's western region have been hit by the spillage of thousands of cubic metres of mine wastewater contaminated with cyanide and heavy metals. The cyanide-laced waste contaminated the River Asuman on October 16 when a tailings dam ruptured at a mine operation owned by the South African company, Goldfields Ltd.

Peru: Mining Companies Invade Andean Cloud Forests
Environment News Service
August 17th, 2001
The recent discovery of gold deposits in northwestern Peru has split the population between those who support proposed mineral extraction and those who fear it will cause irreparable ecological damage to human health, agriculture and endangered species.

FIJI: Japanese Mine Wants to Dump 100,000 Tons of Waste Daily
Drillbits and Tailings (Project Underground)
June 30th, 2001
Japanese mining magnate Nittetsu-Nippon has set its sights on the copper-rich hills of Fiji, endangering the ecologically fragile Waisoi Valley and the Coral Coast. Because the ore contains such low-grade (only .5%) copper, the proposed Namosi mine would be among the biggest producers of crushed rock among copper mines worldwide.

Indonesia: International Ban on Dumping Mine Waste Urged
Environment News Service
May 2nd, 2001
An international conference here on the dumping of mine waste at sea, known as submarine tailings disposal, concluded Monday with a declaration which calls for an international ban on the practice.

Africa: U.S. Covert Action Exposed
by Eric Ture MuhammadFinal Call
April 25th, 2001
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) led the voices of castigation that claimed the U.S. Government, the UN, private militias and western economic interests possessed complete knowledge of pending civil unrest in Africa and fed the fray between African nations. Their aim was to use war, disease, hunger and poverty as covers while continuing the centuries-old practice of rape and exploitation of the continent's human and mineral resources, testimonies charged.

US: 2001 Goldman Prize Winners Fight Greed
Environment News Service
April 23rd, 2001
The Goldman Environmental Prize for North America goes this year to Akre and Wilson. Winners in five other geographic areas are honored too with the world's largest prize for environmental activists.

Turkey: Anti-Mining Activist Jailed
by Jon GorvettEnvironment News Service
March 30th, 2001
The leader of one of Turkey's longest running environmental campaigns was jailed for a year and a half this week under the country's tough anti-protest laws written by the Turkish military.

ECUADOR: Nationwide Protests End with Triumph by Indians
by Kintto LucasInter Press Service
February 7th, 2001
The nationwide protests or ''uprising'' by Ecuador's indigenous people that has brought much of this Andean nation to a standstill over the past two weeks ended Wednesday with the signing of a pact with President Gustavo Noboa, who agreed to lower the price of gasoline, one of the demonstrators' main demands.

TURKEY: Court Bans Cyanide Gold Process Near Ancient Town
by Jon GorvettEnvironment News Service
January 16th, 2001
Despite an order from the country's Supreme Court backing up environmentalists, the pressure is mounting this week for the reopening of a controversial mine in one of Turkey's most visited tourist areas.

World: Enviromentalists Call for Mining Standards
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
October 25th, 2000
Following January's cyanide spill in Romania and new reports on mining disasters from China, environmentalists are calling for governments worldwide to adopt international mining standards.

PERU: Mercury from Gold Mine Dumped in Transit
Environment News Service
June 16th, 2000
Eight people have been hospitalized including a woman in critical condition following a mercury spill near the Minera Yanacocha mine, 600 kilometers (375 miles) north of Lima, Peru.

AFRICA: Illegal Diamond Trade Funds War in Sierra Leone
April 19th, 2000
Peace cannot be sustained in Sierra Leone until controls are imposed on the illegal selling of diamonds used to finance its civil war, according to a recent study.

SRI LANKA: Massive Protest Against US Mining Project
Inter Press Service
March 30th, 2000
Scientists, trade unionists and priests joined farmers from a northeast Sri Lanka village on Thursday in a massive protest in the capital against government plans to hand over phosphate mines to a US-based transnational company (TNC).

ZAMBIA: Environmentalists Caution New Mine Investors
The Times of Zambia (Lusaka)
March 6th, 2000
A non-governmental organisation has cautioned the new mine investors not to willfully pollute the environment despite a bill which indemnifies them from litigation against environmental degradation. Citizens for a better environment, a Kitwe based NGO, warned that should the new mines violate the rights of the people to a clean environment, they would face the wrath of the public.

US: Vermiculite Products Could Expose Consumers to Asbestos
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
February 15th, 2000
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether products made from vermiculite could expose consumers to asbestos. Preliminary test results on common household products indicate that a particularly lethal form of asbestos fibers contaminates some attic insulation, but researchers do not yet know whether normal use of these products could endanger consumers.

US: Asbestos Tainted Ore Affected Thousands, Suit Charges
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
February 1st, 2000
A class action lawsuit filed Monday seeks cleanup and medical monitoring funds to help more than 26,000 people exposed to asbestos from contaminated vermiculite ore. The suit alleges that decades of unsafe mining operations in Libby, Montana have led to illness and death for thousands of mineworkers, processing plant employees, and Libby residents.

The Mexican Version of Pulpwood Plantations
by Alejandro VillamarWorld Rainforest Movement Bulletin
August 1st, 1998
In response to pressure from the maquiladora industry, the Mexican government is now paving the way for the large-scale pulpwood plantations in order to provide industry with raw material to produce cheap pulp and paper.

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