Codelco- a very quick update: Mining, Minerals and Repression in Ecuador

Reports from the communities have it that CODELCO is withdrawing their drilling equipment. For now. There was talk of communities taking action against the company’s presence, which might have inspired the company to stop the drilling. However, it is more likely that they completed their first phase of drilling and are waiting to start their [...]

The Price of Gold

I spent the other day watching a couple illuminating shows on the price of gold. The first was on Fort Knox and America’s precious national treasure and the second was a historical documentary on gold mining from pre-gold rush until today. It is well known that gold can come at an incredibly high human and environmental cost, [...]

A Question of Fundamentals: Ecuador’s Divided Vision of Development

An earlier version of this article was published by Upside Down World Magazine on February 9th. In a recently published news release1, the Correa government reaffirmed its intention of opening up the country to large-scale mining and to significantly expand petroleum extraction. While creating the commonly known social, environmental and economic problems associated with primary [...]

Codelco in Intag

On the 28th of November, Chile’s Codelco copper producer said it signed a deal with the Ecuadorian government to explore potential copper deposits (the news was widely reported in Ecuador and internationally). MOST of the exploration apparently will take place in the north of the country- and the only place where copper has been found [...]

Mining in times of referendums

Iamgold’s Quimsacocha gold mining project, high in the Andes of southern Ecuador is going nowhere fast. On October 2nd, the mining project was the latest one to fall victim to the community referendums that have defeated mining projects in Peru, Guatemala and Argentina. It doesn’t matter that the government- predictably- said that the referendum, which [...]

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