Valentina Ruiz Leotaud

Valentina Ruiz Leotaud is a Venezuela-born multimedia and multiplatform journalist. She has 10 years of work experience covering local and international news, as well as arts and culture information for different media outlets and platforms. She holds a Master’s Degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia and was a fellow of the International Reporting Program.

Andes Iron and Chilean ME enter conciliation process over $2.5-billion project

Andes Iron appealed an August 2017 decision that forbade its copper and iron ore project from going forward.

MGX eyeing lithium brine assets in Chile

Without changing the way it operates, the Canadian miner now wants to set foot in the world’s second lithium producing country.

Seabridge dealing with damages from previous mining activities in northern BC

The Toronto-based miner is carrying out a comprehensive environmental remediation program at its Iskut project.

Russia and Iran to revamp Fordow nuclear facility

The Russia-Iran conversations are taking place within the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Lucapa recovers first diamonds from Lesotho mine

The largest diamond recovered in the first test run was 6.6 carats.

Bold Ventures acquires lithium claims in Ontario

The two separate claim groups are located within the Georgia Lake Area Pegmatite field in Ontario.

Guyana Goldfields goes underground, stops worrying about Venezuela

The Canadian company is set to invest $120 million to conduct underground gold mining for the first time in Guyana’s history.

Randgold calls Congo’s new mining code “draconian”

Mark Bristow says the law will “severely limit the growth of the mining industry in the DRC as well as the country's own economic prospects.”

US officials consider robots to prevent mine spills

Their main function would be to move through collapsing, rubble-strewn tunnels at mine sites to map them and analyze pollutants in groundwater.

Teck trades lower following mine explosion

The company reported a "significant pressure event" at its Elkview coal mine.

Irish diamond miner to expand in Finland

Karelian Diamond Resources was granted a four-year exploration claim in the Kaavi region.

PJX wants to buy another gold mine in B.C.

The Toronto-based miner wants to buy the Gold Shear property, southwest of Cranbrook, British Columbia.

Crystallex requests new hearing in lawsuit against Venezuela

The Canadian company alleges that the South American country is performing “fraudulent transfers.”

Why Robert Friedland is bullish on copper

The engine that drives his confidence comes in the form of electric vehicles.

Great Atlantic to drill for base/precious metals in New Brunswick

The company has just received a diamond drilling permit for up to 10 holes.

Canadian miner expanding in West Africa

RosCan is targetting different land packages in Ghana and Mali.

There could be an iron throne in the Pyramid of Cheops

An Italian professor at the Politecnico di Milano says that there could be an iron throne right below the apex of the Pyramid of Cheops, located in Giza.

Copper miners challenged by water supply

"Water demand will increase because it will be necessary to process more material to obtain the same amount of copper": Wood Mackenzie.

Torex restarts operations in Mexico despite blockade

The miner and the current operating union re-established plant access through a road used during construction.

Costa Rican presidential candidate blasts ecologists, says he would bring mining back

Conservative Diego Castro called environmentalist groups "eco-terrorists."

Time to own gold: Sharps Pixley

"The best is yet to come, but not just yet. Patience," Sharps Pixley's CEO says.

Canadian companies want to extract nickel, vanadium, cobalt from petcoke

They're running a study led by Paul Watkinson, who has investigated the conversion of carbonaceous solids into gaseous and liquid fuels.

Eldorado Gold reports in-line 2017 gold production

The Vancouver-based miner revealed that, including pre-commercial production from the Olympias project in Greece, its gold production was of 285,919 ounces in 2017.

European metals technology companies want to lead anti-corruption fight

Following the 2016 launching of the Collective Action Initiative for the Metals Technology Industry, the program announced today that it has added a new member.

Following detention, journalist publishes controversial story about Venezuela’s Mining Arc

Rampant violence and corruption are the norm in the mines of the southern Guayana region.