Codelco is forced to close down copper mines due to continued strikes

There have been ongoing strikes since July 21th 2015 by contract workers in the copper mining industry in Chile. State-owned Codelco, biggest copper producer in Chile and owner of the mines targeted by the protesters had to halt the Chuquicamata and Ministro Hales mines and put a stop to daily production because the strikes had overtaken.   ... →

Chile Halts Construction of Barrick Gold’s Pascua-Lama Mine

After a four-month investigation, Chile’s environmental regulator has halted construction of Barrick Gold’s Pascua-Lama mine. A fine of more than $16 million was imposed on the Canadian company for “serious” and “very serious” environmental violations. The mining project, originally set up to take advantage of the thousands of tons of gold and silver deposits in the region, straddles the Chilean-Argentinian border.   ... →