mining

Months-long protests against a copper mining project in Peru’s Arequipa region continued yesterday in the city of Mollendo, as close to 150 mourners joined the funeral procession of Victoriano Huayna Mina.

This week's likely top stories: a deadly fire ravages Valparaíso, Chile; French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius visits Cuba; Glencore sells Las Bambas mine to Chinese consortium; Venezuela investigates abuses during protests; a shipwreck spills fuel off the coast of Colombia.

Barrick Gold Corporation, a Canadian mining company and the world’s largest gold producer, announced Thursday that it has temporarily halted operations at its Pascua-Lama gold mine in the Andean border region between Argentina and Chile.

View AQ's exclusive photos of mines and their surrounding communities in Chile, Colombia and Peru.
Mining conflicts can be mitigated through adherence to already agreed-upon international norms.

Employees of Colombia’s largest coal mine, Cerrejón, went on strike yesterday after the company and its 4,500 union members failed to reach an agreement on wages and benefits for the first time in 22 years.

Watch video clips from mining site visits in Chile and Peru and AQ's exclusive documentary about an initiative by the Cerrejón coal mine in La Guajira, Colombia to relocate a part of the Río Ranchería.

Natural resource extraction is a key contributor to economic growth in various parts of the Western Hemisphere, but governments, businesses and civil society are faced with how to improve extractive activity and its effects on broad-based socioeconomic development in respective communities.

Improving relations with the community is fundamental to the long-term prosperity of both mining companies and local residents.

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