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.

First Nation and British Columbia to share gold mine tax revenue

The agreement is aimed at ensuring that the Indigenous group receives a share of the mineral tax revenue collected from the Brucejack Gold Mine.

Canada / U.S. big players announce world’s first carbon-free aluminum smelting process

Alcoa and Rio Tinto announced the launching of Elysis, a joint venture company whose goal is to push towards commercial production a newly discovered, carbon-free aluminum smelting process.

Canadian junior to acquire gold-silver project in Mexico

Megastar Development wants to buy the Rama de Oro project located in the state of Oaxaca.

Copper hotspots identified in northern Australia

Recent data released by the Northern Australian Geochemical Survey reveal that there are potential copper hotspots on the Queensland-Northern Territory border.

Expansion of Canada’s first surface and underground diamond mine delayed

Construction of a new open pit at the mine has been delayed until further notice.

Meteoric expansion in Cobalt

Meteoric's new project contains historical cobalt-silver shafts and pits which have never been explored using modern exploration techniques.

Peruvian farmers to appeal U.S. court decision in land dispute with American miner

A U.S. court ruled that the Chaupe family case against Newmont Mining Corporation should be heard in Peru - not Delaware, where the company incorporated almost 100 years ago.

Workers end strike at Tahoe’s mine in Peru

Workers were demanding higher profit-sharing payouts.

Diamond museum opens in Belgium

The DIVA museum has a butler that allows visitors to peek inside various rooms where precious treasures are kept.

UK-based explorer granted licence surrounding historic gold mine in Sweden

Erris Resources was granted a new 100% owned gold exploration permit, Enåsen no.5, which is located in central Sweden.

Paris asks insurers to ditch coal

Paris City Council passed a motion last night where its members ask the CEOs of the world’s largest insurance and reinsurance companies to stop insuring coal projects.

Yamana exceeds gold production plans in Q1

The Toronto-based miner expects to stay in line with its 900,000 ounces production guidance for 2018.

Western Canada miner wants new copper property in B.C.

Most records of early exploration work on the property have been lost.

Artisanal miners in Venezuela operate under illegal unions

Illegal extraction of gold and other metals and their subsequent smuggling to foreign markets is seen by many as a way to navigate the current crisis.

Dominicans protest against EnviroGold’s operations

The protesters say the running water that they receive from local rivers has been declared unfit for human consumption.

American mining company stops delivering clean water to community near polluted mine site

The firm is now delivering water to a site off a Native American reservation.

Peruvian president advocates for sustainable mining

Martín Vizcarra said that he was in favour of promoting mining development in his country.

Canadian miner halts operations in Peru due to community protests

Pan American Silver management has engaged with the protesters in a mediation process.

Lucara recovers another big diamond in Botswana

The rock weighed 327 carats and it is a top white gem diamond.

Chilean tribunal gives Dominga iron ore-copper project a second chance

Antofagasta’s First Environmental Tribunal decided to reverse a decision that forbade the Dominga copper and iron ore project from going forward.

Colombian initiative prevents 25 tonnes of mercury from entering the environment

“We are the first territory actively making efforts towards eradicating the use of mercury and we are close to achieving this goal,” Antioquia's Governor said.

Canadian junior expands in Peru

Auryn Resources announced that it is close to becoming a big player in the Andahuaylas-Yauri belt in southern Peru.

Chilean government promises funding for Codelco

Then Mining Minister said Codelco has to keep up production levels so that it can remain Chile and the world’s No.1 copper miner.

Minotaur and Andromeda form star alliance

Andromeda may earn up to 75 per cent interest in Minotaur’s kaolin-halloysite deposits in South Australia through the expenditure of $6 million over a period of up to 5 years.

Federal Council rejects mining referendum in Colombian town

The council endorsed a plea introduced by mining workers against a ruling by the Cundinamarca Administrative Court.