Peru: Increased mining is harming local communities, says Christian Aid report

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Company response
2 March 2006

Response by Manhattan Minerals: Tambogrande mine ignored opposition from local farmers, says Christian Aid report, “Unearthing the truth”.

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Company response
1 March 2005

company response: Statement by Paul Warner, Manager, Community Relations and Institutional Affairs, BHP Billiton Base Metals

Author: Paul Warner, Manager, Community Relations and Institutional Affairs, BHP Billiton Base Metals

Paul Warner provided this statement to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in response to “Unearthing the truth – mining in Peru”, Christian Aid, Feb 2005...

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Article
15 February 2005

Mining in Peru: Unearthing the Truth

Author: Christian Aid

As multinational mining companies BHP Billiton and Anglo American meet with campaigners to discuss the negative impact of mining in the developing world, Christian Aid’s new report argues that the questionable economic benefits of increased mining in Peru cannot justify the suffering inflicted on poor local communities.

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Article
9 February 2005

Doe Run Peru Reports Drop in Emissions, Blood Lead Levels

Author: Doe Run

Emissions from Doe Run Peru’s La Oroya facility and blood lead levels among workers and in the community have improved significantly, the company reported Wednesday. “When we bought the lead smelter in 1997 we committed to working to address the 75 years of health and environmental issues left by the previous owners,” said Doe Run Peru President Bruce Neil. “The work we have been doing over the last seven years in partnership with the community has resulted in real progress.”

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Article
9 February 2005

Manhattan Discontinues Arbitration Process and Maintains Rights to Tambogrande Mining Project [Peru]

Author: Manhattan Minerals

Manhattan Minerals Corp. (the "Company") announces that it has served notice to discontinue the arbitration process pertaining to the Company's claim to the Tambogrande property in Peru. That arbitration is with Centromin Peru S.A., the state owned mining company from whom the Company was granted a right to earn an interest in the property.

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Article
7 February 2005

Manhattan pulls out after US$60mn Tambogrande loss - Peru

Author: Business News Americas

Manhattan had originally planned to build a US$405mn base and precious metals mine at Tambogrande but announced last week that its shareholders had approved a proposal to sell off all the company's Peruvian assets and interests...Manhattan made the decision to leave due to Peruvian state mining company Centromin's decision to terminate Manhattan's option for Tambogrande in December 2003, citing the company's failure to meet certain conditions of the contact..."The company was trying hard to find a major partner which would allow us to qualify for those conditions. The trouble for us was that we weren't able to find a partner like that because the social conditions were so anti-mining that nobody wanted to touch it," Guest [Manhattan Minerals EO and president Dr Peter Guest] said.

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Article
1 February 2005

[PDF] full report: "Unearthing the truth - mining in Peru"

Author: Christian Aid

...The Dialogue Roundtable [for the Tintaya mine] represents an important attempt on the part of its members, including BHP Billiton, to create an effective mechanism for resolving the many conflicts that have arisen in the Espinar province. It is one of the most important conflict resolution initiatives in Peru...Despite this important breakthrough there is still a high degree of scepticism...Only four out of about 30 human rights cases have been dealt with – and this has taken two years...Both towns and the countryside [near La Oroya smelter, operated by Doe Run (part of Renco)] have been affected by mining activities: rivers are visibly polluted, farmlands have been rendered unusable and the air quality is so bad that there have been extremely serious cases of lead poisoning...Doe Run has chosen not to respond to the specific issues highlighted in this case study...The story of Tambogrande [mine operated by Manhattan Minerals] demonstrates how little the views of local people appear to matter in the world of large-scale mining...Manhattan Minerals has chosen not to respond to the specific issues raised in this case study, as it is currently in arbitration with the Peruvian government.

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Article
20 January 2005

Unprecedented Agreement between Communities and Mining Company in Peru

Author: Oxfam America

On December 21st, 2004, representatives of communities near the Tintaya Copper mine in Cusco, Peru, signed an unprecedented agreement with the BHP-Billiton mining company, culminating two years of dialogue and negotiations. In addition to responding to long-standing complaints of unjust land seizures and human rights violations, the mining corporation also committed to seeking the consent of communities before undertaking any additional mining activities that will affect people living near the mine.

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Article
2 January 2005

La Oroya Wins Support - Doe Run Peru's La Oroya Makes Great Strides

Author: Patrick Moore, Greenspirit Strategies, co-founder of Greenpeace

...emissions from the plant have through the decades created health and environmental challenges for the community. Now the smelter’s new owner, Doe Run Peru [part of Renco], is working to improve conditions...thousands of townsfolk...[are] demonstrating in favour of the continued operation of the smelter, both because it’s the lifeblood of the town and because they support the company...

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Article
1 January 2004

Dialogue Table meetings provide a forum for resolving community issues at Tintaya

Author: BHP Billiton [Health, Safety, Environment & Community Report 2004]

In our 2003 HSEC Report, we reported on the development of the Dialogue Table as a formal process for reviewing and resolving social and environmental issues associated with the operation of the Tintaya copper mine, located in the Espinar province of Peru. This case study provides additional background to the issues and the consultative process and subsequent development of a Framework Agreement that specifies the Company’s environmental and social commitments in the region.

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