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.

K+S Potash to begin production at its Legacy mine in Saskatchewan by year-end

Before the end of 2017, K+S Potash Canada and Amec Foster Wheeler hope to start production at their Legacy project in Saskatchewan.

How Goldcorp’s new COO plans to disrupt the mining industry

Todd White explains the main goals of the company’s digital transformation strategy.

Coal mine in Germany turns into hydroelectric battery

The mine is set to be totally transformed by 2018.

Caterpillar to shut down Iowa plant, costing 75 jobs

The world's No.1 heavy machinery maker will shut down a facility in northeastern Iowa, to consolidate the plant’s operations with a location in Wamego, Kansas.

No end in sight for strike at La Escondida

A 39-day-long stoppage at the world’s largest copper mine may continue for up to three months.

Teenager finds 7.44 carat diamond at a park

The diamond is the 7th-largest found at Crater of Diamonds State Park since 1972.

Police, Ministry of Labour investigating salt mine death

One person is dead following an incident at Compass Minerals' salt mine located on North Harbour Road in Goderich, Ontario.

Crown attempts to stay MiningWatch’s charges against Mount Polley

The federal government is seeking a withdrawal of the criminal charges before the NGO has the chance to present any evidence.

Everyone wants Kate Middleton's diamond ring

Eager Chinese and Russian buyers are requesting replicas of the the sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

EPA won't pay mine spill claims

The US Environmental Protection Agency won’t pay the $1.2 billion in claims filed by local governments, farmers, ranchers, tribes, and river-running raft companies.

Mining the Moon: Florida company one step closer

Moon Express wants to mine Helium-3 on the Moon.

Colombian children dropping out of school to work at mining sites

Many young children are dropping out of school and joining illegal mining activities in the surroundings of the Cauca river.

World's fifth-biggest gold miner pleasantly surprised

The Toronto-based gold producer revealed that its net earnings were $2.5 million, or zero a share, in the three months through September.

$2.6 million of gold stolen from Canadian miner

2,000 ounces of gold were stolen from the Jacobina mine in Brazil.

This is the world’s largest flawless heart-shaped diamond

Graff plans to showcase it around the world before setting it as a jewel.

Colombian authorities capture illegal mining capo

J.D. Cadavid Salgado is accused of financing of terrorism and environmental pollution caused by illegal mineral resource extraction.

Canadian miners trapped in elevator

Four employees at Agrium's Vanscoy potash mine spent six hours in an industrial elevator.

Clinton, Australian anti-coal activists, and Wikileaks

According to Wikileaks, activists opposing Adani's Carmichael coal mine in Australia have been receiving funding from an American organization.

Spaniards to protest against Berkeley’s Retortillo-Santidad uranium mine

Plataforma Stop Uranio has been leading a series of protest actions against Berkeley Resources' Retortillo mine.

Canada's Ajax mine could cost $100 million in lawsuits: Mining Watch

Taking as an example what’s happening at the Malartic mine in Quebec, the watchdog presented “conservative estimates” on possible actions against the gold and copper project in B.C.

It’s time to invest in gold: Haywood

Haywood believes that “conditions are ideal” for investment in the gold industry.

Brazil grants Vale license for S11D iron ore mine rail branch

The world's largest iron ore exporter will be able to haul S11D's output to the Port of Ponta da Madeira in Sao Luis.

Australia's coal industry outlook ignites dispute

Research suggesting that the country's economy would not be hurt by a gradual phasing out of coal production is met with ire.

Enviro campaign against Pebble mine reignited

A World Conservation Congress’ motion urges the US government to prevent the granting of permits for large-scale mining.

Peninsula assays high grade zinc-silver-lead in South Korea

Rock chip assays show grades of up to 25.6% zinc, 669 g/t silver and 19.1% lead.