Latin America: Report deepens understanding of socio-environmental conflicts caused by mining in the region

Author: Latin American Conflict Observatory (OCMAL), Published on: 3 June 2019

[Excerpt translation from Spanish provided by Business and Human Rights Resource Centre]

The sustained international pressure for minerals continues to affect Latin America. Not only vulnerable ecosystems and local communities, but also, at the same time, social structures, norms and systems of national coexistence. Sectors of society at whatever cost, dream of an elusive and many times misunderstood development, defending discourses and practices many times distanced from ethics and the common good. The deepening of the global productive model of goods, now infinitely expanded with the participation of China, puts a check on the supply of commodities that must sustain a production and a consumption that is highly unsustainable. The technological changes of the global North lock their eyes onto the mineral resources of the global South, and Latin America is a pole of concentration for this trend…Lithium and cobalt are among others, necessary minerals for this process…Wherever we look, we will see the socio-environmental unrest caused by the expansion of the extraction mining model, that tend to increase. Furthermore, we see that the processes of conflict manifest in an earlier form and those of longer data and apparently unprofiled, can reactivate, putting a check on the apparent institutional, corporate and community stability…The report mentions the following companies: Pluspetrol, Glaxy Resources, Jujuy Energía y Minería Sociedad del Estado (JEMSE), AIS Resources, Belo Sun, Vale, Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Samarco, CBA (Companhia Brasileira de Aluminio), Newmont, Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold, Antofagasta, Fortescue Metals Group, INV Minerals, Lundin Gold, Corriente Resources, Ecuacorriente, Explorcobres, EXSA, Codelco, Junefield Mining Resources, Southern Copper, Goldcorp, Minera Frisco, Grupo México, Empresa Nicaragüense de Minas (Eniminas), B2Gold, Hemco, Condor Gold, Triton Energy, Zijin, Candente Copper, Argosy Minerals Ltd., Hydro, Equinox Gold, Newcrest, Cornerstone Capital Resources, Aurelian Ecuador SA, Calibre Mining Corp.

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Related companies: AIS Resources Anglo American Antofagasta Argosy Minerals Ltd. Aurelian Ecuador SA. [part of Lundin Gold] B2Gold Barrick Gold Belo Sun BHP (formerly BHP Billiton) Calibre Mining Corp. Candente Copper CBA (Companhia Brasileira de Aluminio) Codelco Condor Gold Cornerstone Capital Resources Corriente Resources (joint venture Tongling Nonferrous Metals, China Railway Construction Corporation & CRCC-Tongguan Investment) Ecuacorriente (part of Corriente Resources) Empresa Nicaragüense de Minas (Eniminas) Equinox Gold Explorcobres, EXSA (part of Corriente Resources) Fortescue Metals Group Galaxy Resources Goldcorp (now Newmont Goldcorp) Grupo México Hemco (part of Mineros) INV Metals Jujuy Energía y Minería Sociedad del Estado (JEMSE) Junefield Mining Resources Lundin Gold Minera Frisco Newcrest Newmont (formerly Newmont Goldcorp) Norsk Hydro (Hydro) Pluspetrol Rio Tinto Samarco (joint venture BHP Billiton and Vale) Southern Copper (part of Grupo México) Triton Energy (part of Amerada Hess) Vale Zijin