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“The development, foreign investment, job creation or promises of welfare for residents of the area of operation can not be grounds for risking the wealth of our moorland water,” said National Retail Federation (Latest).
This entity informed the government of Juan Manuel Santos his fierce opposition to the mining project Angostura, to extract gold and silver in the open for 15 years by the Canadian firm in the Paramo GreyStar Santurbán in the northern department of Santander.
“We do not support an intervention that will cause irreparable and irreversible damage,” said Erwin telephone IPS Rodriguez, director of the association of traders in Bucaramanga, the departmental capital.
Adhere to this claim Santander Society of Engineers, the Society of improvements and other social organizations. “All eyes are opposed to short term,” he said Rodríguez.
GreyStar The company denied that the project affects the environment. “Like I said 20 years ago (U.S. firm) Drummond,” said the former Environment Minister Manuel Rodriguez in a public forum in Bucaramanga. Read the rest of this entry »
Women represent about 20% of people classified as artisanal mining producers in Peru, reported the Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM).
According to official sources, there are now 2,209 “headlines qualified” as mining producers and the percentage of women tends to increase every day for your interest today awakens in them an activity once thought reserved for boys. “
Currently, the report added, are 404 artisanal mining production companies working in a formal way, but a significantly higher number works in the informal small-scale mining, “which no formalized few seriously aspire.”
These data were offered during the second training workshop for the Formalization in mining, which organized this week’s ministerial office.
At that meeting it was evident the presence of women interested in knowing the steps to obtain a mining concession, and appropriate technologies for the exploration and exploitation with social and environmental responsibility, “said the MEM. Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday’s protests included roadblocks, demonstrations and roadblocks in various parts of the country. They were opposed to open pit mining because of the danger of contamination to the ecosystem, especially the rivers.
Changes to the Mining Code provide that foreign states can exploit mines in Panama.
It imposes a payment of only 5 percent royalty on production of copper, gold and silver. The change is an increase compared to 2 percent royalty set by the previous mining code.
The protests also rejected the holding of the Cerro Colorado, known as the second global copper reserves. It is estimated that with 12 million tons of gold.
This hill is the Nobel Bugle Comerica, which is the most populous in the country.
In response to this demand, the national government of Ricardo Martin Elli promised that his administration not exploit the Cerro Colorado.
San Felix, protesters drove to the Deputy Minister of Labor, Luis Ernesto Carlos, when he came to talk.
In that sense, the chief general of the Nobel, Rogelio Moreno, denounced the presence of infiltrators who sought to create chaos. Therefore, apologized for the outbreaks of violence that occurred.
(Emol) High energy prices, catapulted by a prolonged drought in Chile, could promote alternative energy sources that require high investment costs but offer stable, especially for the mining sector that seeks to leverage the current price boom.
Poor rains associated with the climate phenomenon La Nina has drastically reduced hydroelectric generation in the world’s largest producer of copper and have forced reliance on expensive generating plants to fuel rising inflation risks in its booming economy.
Slowly, the higher energy prices, which have nearly tripled in five years, have led to major mining companies to study the stability of the costs of wind power, solar and geothermal energy.
In this sense, were monitored by the Provincial Directorate of Mining (through the Mining Police area) in the department Antofagasta de la Sierra, Minera del Altiplano companies, Maktub SRL Mining Company, mine and project Ducks Bingo among others.
In addition, gravel quarries were inspected on public lands in the river: the Valley, and Santa Cruz Ongolí control and supervise the remediation, rational exploitation, provision of personal protective equipment and opening of the riverbeds for normal runoff thus preventing the overflow of it.
The checks are part of the Quarries Act 4362, Environmental Protection Act for mining No. 24585, Security Decree 249/07 of mining activity, the Provincial Decree No. 615/88, the Labour Act and the Mining Code .
It also reports that during the summer recess addresses personnel Mines and Mining Environmental Management, respectively, maintain a continuing surveillance to control quarrying and mining projects, as established by the regulations.
It is worth mentioning that during the first half of January Mining Police Department drew up Route 850 sheets, required for the transport of minerals.
Cajamarca was no stranger to the spy network is to use U.S. and Wikileaks has made another revelation of documents, this time on the concerns that were top managers of mining companies including Santa Cruz who felt a meeting their discomfort with the uncertainty they were facing.
According to the cable (ID: 38881 Cable Date: 2005-08-19T18: 20:00), executives, meeting with ambassadors from the U.S. and Canada, expressed concern that none of the leaders of political parties have spoken out against violence against mining.
It also reports that Carlos Santa Cruz (Director of Minera Yanacocha) stressed that this situation was crucial to stop the impunity of those who damage private property and block roads.
“There is a law pending in Congress that would give (…) the legal framework to improve safety in mining communities. Too often, the police arrest the instigators of violence against mining, but local prosecutors would be released under pressure from the community. “
He adds, “the law expects to allow police to move a detainee to a different jurisdiction, which reduces the likelihood that losfiscales yield to local demands. The ambassadors agreed to evaluate a meeting with heads of political parties. ” Read the rest of this entry »
Private mining consultation supports the only sector to perform operational tasks, as set out in the draft Mining Law, and not in the exploratory phase because this would drive away investment. This position is supported by the employees of the sector.
The president of the National Mining Association Medium, Humberto Rada, which represents the private sector, reported yesterday that at present only consults indigenous peoples when you already know the impact it will have a project for its size or dimension , since in the survey you do not know if there are deposits.
“If we want mining have to make things easier, if we put obstacles and make queries to scan hardly going to encourage someone to do exploration,” said Rada, who yesterday met with the Minister of Mining and Metallurgy, Mario Virreira to express its position on the draft Mining Law.
He explained that in the mining what is done in the exploratory phase is to sample the area where one expected to take minerals and in turn made “simple perforations.”
Standard. Article 186 of the draft Mining Law states that “mining operations that include not only prospecting and exploration require prior consultation”. The final draft of this document was delivered on July 12 the Minister of Mining and Metallurgy for the three sectors of this activity: private, state and cooperative.
Article 185 of the standard says that according to paragraph 15 of Article 30 and others like the 343, 352 and 403 of the Constitution of the State (CPE), “guarantees the right of free, prior and informed by the State, communities of native indigenous peoples and people who would be directly affected by the execution of a mining project or use and exploitation and whose activities are conducted regularly in the area of influence of the project or mining activity. “
The approved document states that “consultation is understood as the process of intercultural dialogue, concluded, in good faith, free and informed that includes the development of successive stages of a process between the state and the subject of the inquiry, respecting their culture , language, institutions, policies and procedures, in order to reach agreements for project implementation in consultation, and thus contribute to the Bolivian people living well, within the framework of sustainable development of mining activities. “
The secretary general of the Trade Union of Miners of Bolivia (FSTMB), David Ramos, said yesterday the reason that prior consultation with indigenous communities or may not be binding and paralyze an enterprise, but should be a socialization space activities. He added that the scanning does not affect the environmental and cultural. “It can not be binding, is for new projects,” he said.
Prior consultation shall apply to the implementation of new mining operations to be carried from the enactment of this Act, indicates the paragraph IV of Article 185 of the standard.
The sulfuric acid plant eucalyptus, sulfur still working with imported from Canada and its makers claim it takes deposits in Bolivia that can supply the requirements of the processing plant, according to general manager Reynaldo Navy Captain Carlo Marin.
The information in the inspection were met by the President of the Parliamentary Brigade Oruro, Freddy Huayta, accompanied by Deputy Miriam White, after hearing reports that this plant would be paralyzed in their activities. They verified that the plant operates normally.
In Eucalyptus plant under venture between the Mining Corporation of Bolivia (Comibol) and the Military Social Security Corporation (COSSMIL), sulfuric acid is produced from the 2008 administration, being self-sustaining since 2010.
According to the technical manager of this industry, Rolando Diaz, the biggest drawback to the production is the lack of raw materials, so currently the sulfur needed for production imported by Chilean ports from Canada.
The chemical industry officials asked the National Assembly, manage so you can promote the use of this material, as well as see some state policies for the domestic market can buy the product made in Eucalyptus, ensuring that this plant has the capacity to supply sulfuric acid to all Bolivia. At present Eucalyptus, produces 2,100 tons of sulfuric acid per month, of which only 400 tons would have a ready market.
One of the limitations of the plant, in the marketing of the acid, is the 1008 Act relating to the control of controlled substances, so that the factory was forced to sell only to companies that are registered with the Directorate General of Controlled Substances institution that limits the sale to customers buying larger amounts to 4,000 kilos.
Makers, said that until last month the factory finished paying loans taken for the revival of the same, so that from the date the earnings are net, that has motivated the search for market expansion.
The factory has 60 plant workers and 12 people in administrative function, taking proper care in their safety and health, so that the management accreditation to ISO 4000 is pending.
The future of the mining sector in the country is becoming more confusing. Of the 114 million hectares which is Colombia, 25% are protected from extractive activities, says the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.
On Friday of last week, the same portfolio issued Resolution 0705 of 2013 which will preserve about 21 million hectares for one year (extendable to two) while studies are advanced to include new areas.
According to the minister, Juan Gabriel Uribe, the decision was taken to protect new areas before opening the window for receiving and issuance of new applications of mining, which opened on Tuesday.
He said that priority conservation sites of this standard sets the Conpes 3680, 2010 and National Development Plan. These are: the expansion area of the National Park Chiribiquete, The Playona Acandí, some areas of the Orinoco and areas with tropical dry forest.
The picture can be much more adverse to the interests of the miners because there are other rules in place that protect even more. One is the declaration of excludable areas of mining. In that rule states that approximately 15 million hectares should be cared.
There is certain to be protecting the national and regional parks, there is a protective forest reserve, Ramsar wetland zone and moorland.
Moreover, the 1959 Act contemplates second another 51 million hectares. What is protected with this standard is the forest reserve.
The truth is that protected area in the law, you can make the removal of minerals, however, permission must be requested before the environmental authority, either the Ministry of Environment, Regional Corporation or the National Environmental Licensing Authority (Anla).
In two years ultimately be known total reserves. Uribe explains, “the total estimate, which is between 20% and 25% of the territory, it should be noted that not all reserves created will produce definitive protected areas”. Read the rest of this entry »
Lima, Peru, Panduit, a global leader of solutions based on Unified Physical Infrastructure (UPI), participated in the XVII International Mining Safety Seminar, held on 24, 25 and April 26 at the Sheraton Hotel, through the presentation “Energy Control Program Hazardous according to DS 055 “by Daniel Villon, Panduit Territory manager for the power line.
“Panduit offers a broad portfolio of solutions and Labelling lock for all kinds of work in mining that adhere to Supreme Decree 055-2010 of the Ministry of Energy and Mines, which aims to prevent incidents, accidents and occupational diseases mining “, stated Daniel Villon.
Panduit provides benefits for this solution, as the advice in the implementation of an Energy Management Program Hazardous consisting outline the process for locking procedures and efficient labeling. Furthermore, to complement the blocks with a solution for signaling labels and electrical, hydraulic, security and others. Avoiding these processes through the release of hazardous energy in the areas of maintenance of mining companies and contractors. These situations arise unintentionally, however could result in death.
During the XVII International Mining Safety Seminar, Panduit, unveiled its range of solutions and Tagged lock: electric locks, hydraulic, pneumatic and portable and desktop printers, which give customers a security solution from the onset.
In a statement the company said the deal Minosa ends revision negotiating collective bargaining agreement between the workers and the subsidiary of Altos Hornos de Mexico (AHMSA), located in the municipality of Nava and effective for the biennium 2013-2015 .
He reports that in addition to the wage increase, the company and union representatives agreed to the granting of 250 plants for the same number of workers in the sections of Mining and Washing Plant.
Among the economic benefits accepted by the assembly workers are the one-time payment of 450 pesos on food stamps, another day on vacation and bonus, scholarship assistance, and other improvements for the benefit of the families of workers.
On behalf of the company, the negotiations were led by Enrique Gomez Rivera, Corporate Director of Industrial Relations, Jose Manuel Charles Alvarez, deputy director of Labor Relations and Arturo Aguilar Atilano, Labor Relations Manager Coal Area.
For Section 293 participated Secretary General, Sergio Rolando Medina Ibarra, Gerardo Martinez Castillo, Local labor secretary, Ignacio Ramirez Linares, president of the Local Council of Vigilance and Justice, and revision commissioners appointed directly by the workers, Hector Daniel Romero Diaz, Isaac Puente Carrion, Juan Luis Arevalo Alvarez Torres and Roger Rocha.
The former Minister of Energy and Mines, Fernando Sanchez Albavera, argued that not only is there a shortage of engineers in mining, but also experts in very specific topics such as international trade in mining and energy, sustainable and efficient use of energy in mines and management of shared value.
“Work is progressing on the need for mining engineering professionals, but we also need to train professionals who have vision of the world market and are able to manage social cohesion should generate mining projects,” the new director also Mining and Energy Chair of Engineering & Technology University (UTEC).
He suggested developing a “talent management in mining” in shared cooperation between the public and private sector, as there are professionals who are migrating to countries like Colombia and Mexico.
“We must make attractive working conditions for professionals to stay in the country. We have to meet the requirements demanded by the activity. Therefore it is important to liaise with the companies, “he said.
Also emphasized systematize information on the sector for better community relations linked to mining areas.
“Our country does not produce information mining. For example, no one knows what is the summary of the annual declaration on the contribution to sustainable development must report all mining companies to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, “he said.