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.

Class action to be launched over casuals in Australia’s coal mining

BHP says it has not received any formal communication regarding the legal actions.

Germans rally against the country’s reliance on coal

According to WWF, Germany's CO2 emissions have not dropped for nine years.

Workers protest at Newmont Ghana’s operation

The US-based miner, however, cannot directly negotiate wages and other benefits with its subcontractor’s employees.

Almost half of deadly mine accidents in South Africa happened at Sibanye-Stillwater sites: Minister

Gwede Mantashe said that 20 out of 45 mining deaths reported since the start of 2018 have taken place at Sibanye-Stillwater’s mining sites.

EPA to clean up wastewater at 26 Colorado mines

The selected areas are known for presenting high levels of aluminum, cadmium, copper, iron, lead and/or zinc.

Landslide at Honduran mine kills four

Four people died and five were injured following a landslide at an artisanal gold mine in the town of El Retiro.

Thousands protest against uranium mine in Spain

The activists protested against the Salamanca project, Berkeley Energia’s flagship mine located on the Retortillo-Santidad uranium deposit.

Scientists develop technique to reduce cost, environmental impact of mining precious metal

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame invented a new class of molecules whose shape and size enable them to capture and contain precious metal ions.

Five bodies rescued from collapsed mine in Mexico

A dam filled with liquid waste collapsed last Monday at Rio's Cieneguita mine in Chihuahua.

Judge orders Chinese company to stop mining activities in Ecuadorian town

A judge from the Ecuadorian province of Cuenca ruled that Ecuagoldmining South America S.A violated article 57 of the country’s Constitution.

World’s No. 4 iron ore miner wants to diversify its portfolio

The CEO of Fortescue Metals Group said that the company is working towards finding other commodities to mine.

Coal workers killed in explosion at Pakistan mine

The workers died after a gas explosion prompted the collapse of the mine where they were working.

Rio Tinto completes sale of Australian coal asset

As soon as the sale was completed, Rio received $150 million in cash and is set to get an unconditional cash payment of $50 million due in 12 months.

Scientists one step closer to producing more efficient lithium-ion batteries

They deposited copper on the ion-bombarded graphite.

Gold mine in Oregon “worth building”

The Grassy Mountain Gold project is expected to produce 47,000 ounces of gold and 50,000 ounces of silver for 7.25 years.

Hundreds protest in Veracruz against mining development

The protesters issued a press release, held a conference at a church and then marched towards the City Hall with signs where they wrote slogans like “Open-pit mines in Actopan and Alto Lucero use poisonous cyanide.”

Vancouver miner expanding in under-explored area of Atlantic Canada

According to Labrador Gold, the Florence Lake belt is significantly underexplored for gold compared to greenstone belts elsewhere in the world.

Black lung disease cases spike among former US coal miners

Miners in recent decades have been over-exposed to dust, a University of Illinois researcher said.

Vancouver miner to become one of Nova Scotia’s largest single mineral claim holders

Coronet Metals to acquire 3,888 mineral claims in the Meguma Gold Belt.

Tía María copper project gaining legitimacy in Peru: exec

Southern Copper’s Manager of Technical Services said that the company has been able to knock down previous resistance from local communities.

Young Australians oblivious to mining

Despite mining contributing about 6 per cent of the country's GDP, a study revealed that almost six out of 10 of young Australians know nothing at all about mining careers.

Argentina luring Australian investors into its mining sector

The Deputy Secretary for Sustainable Mining is scheduled to meet with executives from Australia's largest mining companies and banks.

Canadian company to reopen gold mine in Spain

Orvana Minerals’ subsidiary in Spain has plans to reopen the Carlés gold mine, located in the Salas municipality of the Principality of Asturias.

Survivor of Sibanye mine accident released from hospital

According to the miner, five other rescued employees remain in a stable condition and are making good progress.

Egypt’s officials proud of the country’s sole gold-exporting mine

In Q1 2018, the mine produced 124,296 ounces, some 30,000 ounces below Q4 2017 levels but a 14 per cent increase y-o-y.