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.

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.

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.