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.

The role of exotic animals in California’s Gold Rush

Together with hundreds of people, exotic animals arrived in California during the Gold Rush of the 1850s.

Klondex shrinks Manitoban operations

The Vancouver-based company announced the immediate reduction of underground mining operations and workforce at its True North mine.

Lundin Gold to start building Ecuador's largest underground mine

Fruta del Norte is expected to produce 340koz of gold per year over 13 years.

Pancontinental in the quest for “blue gold”

The company is looking in Canada, the world's No. 3 cobalt producer.

Chile's Andina mine to be modified to protect glaciers

Codelco will invest $250 million to modify the shape of the current pit.

Oil tanker still on fire in the East China Sea

The Sanchi collided with a cargo ship about 260km off the coast of Shanghai.

Osum Oil Sands to double capacity at Alberta site

The company's CEO said they are moving closer to their goal of producing 20,000 barrels per day at Orion.

Trump administration’s plan to boost coal, nuclear power rejected

For the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Rick Perry’s arguments were unfounded.

Cameco's tractor-trailer with uranium concentrate involved in minor accident

The truck was en route to the Blind River refinery in Ontario.

Equinox Gold to start full-scale construction at Brazilian mine

The Canadian miner wants to increase production to 135,000 ounces of gold per year.

Peru’s environmental deregulation to spur more mining-related protests: analysts

The approval of the supreme decree 042-2017 in December might generate more unrest.

Pebble permit application completed

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has accepted Pebble Limited Partnership’s wetlands-fill permit.

House of Cards' $1.3-million diamond-encrusted bottle of vodka stolen

The Russo-Baltique bottle belongs to Dartz founder Leonard Yankelovich.

Mining investments in Peru grew by 54.8% in November

Investments grew by 54.8% compared to the same month of 2016.

Endeavour sells its mine in Ghana

The London-based miner sold its 90% stake in the project to BCM International. The remaining 10% is held by the Ghanaian government.

Chile and Argentina to lead lithium output growth after 2018

The bulk of new capacity would come online in 2019.

Roxgold's mine in Burkina Faso greenlighted by the Ministry of Environment

Approval was granted for the Bagassi South gold project, located within the Yaramoko gold mine.

Nickel prices will continue to fall: BMI

Increased supply from Indonesia and subdued demand from China are the main drivers behind the downward trend.

Alba wants to reopen gold mine behind three generations of royal wedding rings

Gold from Clogau St David’s mine in North Wales is behind the wedding bands of the Queen Mother, the Queen, Princess Margaret, the Princess Royal and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Drilling in Stars

A winter drilling program has begun on the Stars mine in British Columbia.

Freeport Indonesia’s mining permit extended until June

The permit was issued to allow the miner to continue exporting copper concentrate while company representatives and government officials go on with the discussions around Freeport’s future operations.

The EU starts to lead the Kimberley Process

Even though the system has received criticisms, its 54 participants seem committed to making it work.

Vale to get $1.35 billion less for fertilizer business

The South American miner wants to retain control of the TIPLAM port terminal, which is an asset originally included in the deal.

Diamond prices were okay in December, not so good throughout 2017

Rapaport says that following a better-than-expected holiday season, polished diamond prices stabilized in December 2017.

Moroccans continue to protest against the “mines of death"

Protesters met with authorities but no agreements were reached, so rallies are set to continue.