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Peru's Quechua-speaking highlanders appear to have missed economic benefits of mining boom
Peru's mining boom may have doubled its economy and transformed the country into one of Latin America's growth leaders, but those closest to the mineral wealth say they have seen no benefits and remain impoverished. Quechua-speaking highlanders in San Antonio de Juprog live on a mountain which happens to sit on top of the world's largest known copper-and-zinc deposit. Lidia Zorrilla, who lives close to the open-pit Antamina mine, said residue from controlled explosions at the mine have laced the village's pastures and fields with heavy metals, contaminating people, crops and livestock. She said the residue burns the skin and feels like "ashes from a wood fire". The cloud paints the sky ochre and mingles with billows of cumulous that drift toward the glacier-strewn Cordillera Blanca range, a favourite of mountaineers. Antamina's land and resettlement director has said the dust cloud is not toxic. Requested by villagers, the tests by government health agencies found elevated levels of lead and cadmium in people's blood and urine and heavy metals exceeding international standards on their kitchen floors and shelves, and in the livers of their sheep. Cadmium is a known human carcinogen while lead is toxic to almost every organ in the human body, according to the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Lead levels measured in 2006 exceeded concentrations deemed acceptable by the US Centres for Disease Control in 20 of 74 villagers, including nine children. More than half of the 82 adults and children tested had cadmium levels exceeding acceptable CDC limits. Antamina acknowledged the dust complaints in its 2010 Sustainability Report but said it complied "100 percent" with air quality standards. Health Ministry officials, meanwhile, did not respond to repeated requests to discuss the results, which the AP obtained through a freedom-of-information request and from lawyers for Juprog residents. Peruvian public officials rarely discuss problems at major mines. The Antamina mine is owned by a consortium comprised of BHP Billiton, Glencore/Xstrata, Mitsubishi and Teck Resources Ltd and netted 1.4 (b) billion US dollars in profits in the year ending June 2013. But despite the company's mass profits, residents said they are yet to see any real benefits. "They (Antamina) promised the mine would improve our quality of life, but then when we didn't want to sell our land (near the mine) they stripped us of it. They never relocated us as it should have been," said Maria Marzano, San Antonio de Juprog resident. They plan to fight the mining company over what they claim to be unfulfilled promises. However, most villagers have little faith that regulators or authorities will enforce laws against mining multinationals. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/f93b227eecde05309a9e5cd7af820d14 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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China Consortium Buys Peru Copper Mine
A consortium led by China Minmetals Corp, the state-owned metals trader, has agreed to pay US$5.85 billion for Glencore Xstrata's Las Bambas copper project in Peru. CCTV's Dan Collyns reports.
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Townsfolk sickened after Peru toxic spill
(17 Aug 2012) STORYLINE Hundreds of residents of Peru's Santa Rosa de Cajacay village fell sick after a toxic cocktail of copper concentrate laced with volatile compounds spewed onto the countryside from a burst pipe. The pipeline that carries slurry at high pressure from Peru's most productive mine 188 miles (302 kilometres) to its desert coast had sprung a leak at a pumping station in this village of poor farmers. A village resident Abraham Balabarca described hearing "the sound of a vehicle whose tire had burst". "But when we took a look towards the pipelines, a pipe had broken and out of it came some form of spray upward into the air," he said. The leaden-coloured concentrate sprayed into the air to 11,480 feet (3,500 meters). Balabarca, who was building a house nearby, ran to the station with others to try and halt the flow. But it was chained and bolted. The security guard had no key. A company official asked villagers to help stop the 45 tons of slurry from reaching a nearby river and they did, without a stitch of protective gear but using absorbent cloth that Antamina provided. Soon, people started to get sick. Nancy Damian, who is seven months pregnant lives in an adobe home overlooking the pumping station. Damian spent four days in the hospital after the spill, fainting and vomiting constantly, she said. "My baby, I don't know. She is frightened. My belly, at night, I can't sleep. My stomach gets swollen. It gets really hard and at moments the foetus becomes hardened. At times, when I walk I think it's all going to come out (the foetus). I don't know. I don't feel well," said Damian. Her twin nephews and 17-month-old son, Tony, were also still sick to their stomach. The family's dog Chocolate was later found dead a few yards (meters) from the pipeline. A neighbour, 9 year old Yasira Sotelo, said she suffered from splitting headaches and a nose bleed that wouldn't stop even after a doctor stuffed her nostrils with toilet paper. "It came through down here," Sotelo said pointing towards her throat. In all, at least 350 were be treated for headaches, respiratory tract bleeding, nausea and vomiting, according to the mayor's office. At least 69 were children. Antamina has not yet explained what caused the leak or why it took two hours to halt the slurry flow. Last week, Antamina's top executives said in a testy four-hour meeting with villagers that they were open to compensating people with health damage. Antamina mine vice president Ricardo Morel said that would depend on "technical and medical reports" he said would be ready by Sept. 22. "We're not saying no. We're saying yes, we will acknowledge the issue on the basis of technical and medical reports of the professionals," Morel said. Peru's government, meanwhile, has shown little inclination for assessing and publicising the health and environmental impact of the toxic spill. Environmental protection has traditionally been lax in Peru, where mining has been the engine of a decade of average 7 percent annual growth that has made the Andean nation a favourite of investors. Peru's Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar had demanded only that the company be made to pay the maximum fine permitted under law, or $13.7 million, for negligence. Antamina is the world's third-largest zinc and eight-largest copper mine, according to Xstrata, which along with BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company, holds a 33.75 percent stake. It produced 334,000 tons of copper last year and 235,000 tons of zinc. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/48054bb142928ab9823a76cec1cac573 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Mining and Corporate Social Responsibility: BHP Billiton and the Tintaya Dialogue Case Solution
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Extractive Industries in LATAM: Foreign Investment and Extractive Industries in Latin America
For more on this event, visit: http://bit.ly/2zBkQ3d For more on the Georgetown Latin America Initiative: https://latinamerica.georgetown.edu October 27, 2017 | Extractive industries are essential components of the economies of many countries in the region. When projects are well implemented, preserve the rights of affected people and its benefits are well managed, extractive industries can contribute to sustainable development and economic opportunities. However, the impact of extractive industries can also represent a serious challenge to the people impacted negatively by their activities. In recent decades, the importance of extractives industries in Latin America and the Caribbean has increased, with countries seeking to provide a stable investment climate, diminishing legal and regulatory framework, and limiting taxes on private companies. This has accelerated rates of economic growth but it has also been accompanied by significant levels of corruption, social conflict and environmental damage, in some cases undermining democracy and the human rights of many people in the region. How can extractive industries and government regulation balance local expectations with national development plans and calibrate industry regulations and investment promotion? How can stakeholders (policymakers at all levels, civil society, multinational corporations) maximize the benefits of extracting resources, while minimizing the risks of corruption, resource-curse ills, violation of human rights and environmental degradation? How can a favorable investment/business environment be created without sacrificing long term national interests, or jeopardizing local goals and rights? This conference, organized by the different Latin American students’ organizations at Georgetown University and sponsored by Georgetown University’s Latin American Initiative, aims to bring together researchers, practitioners and community leaders from throughout the region that can help us think through this difficult yet poignant questions. Hence, taking the lead from the Latin American Studies Association’s call for a “dialogues of knowledge”, the conference aims to include the voices of indigenous, afro-descendants and other popular sectors in the discussion.
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