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.

Spanish activists reject reopening of Los Frailes mine

On the 20th anniversary of the breach of the tailings pond at the Los Frailes mine in Spain, environmental organizations held a press conference to alert the public about the possibility of a similar accident taking place.

One asset leads South African miner’s growth in Q1-2018

Kumba Iron Ore reported a 4 per cent increase in overall production in the first quarter that ended March 31, 2018.

Peru expects $20.8 billion in mining investments

Only in 2019, Lima expects to receive $2.9 billion in mining investments.

German researchers say mining intensifies social conflicts in Peru

A group of researchers from Berlin’s Humboldt University published a study where they say that mining activities are the leading cause of social conflicts in Peru.

Blue diamond ring breaks world record

The gem’s final price nearly tripled Sotheby’s pre-sale estimate.

Deep-sea mining: scientists say collaboration is key

They say there has to be a balance between exploiting mineral resources from the seabed and protecting vulnerable marine ecosystems.

Caledonia wants to expand in Zimbabwe

The company is negotiating the possibility of buying the government’s 16 per cent stake in the Blanket project.

Canadian miner eyes New Zealand’s gold

Full Metal Minerals wants to buy the Puhipuhi Gold Project.

How gold is improving cancer treatment

Gold particles are helping researchers track the diversity of individual cancer cells circulating in the body.

Nevada gold mine grows production by 130%

The Pan Mine generated 8,695 ounces of gold during the second fiscal quarter.

Canadian miner sees future in graphite

Eagle Plains has acquired the 711-hectare Slocan Graphite Project in B.C.

Fourteen Colombian miners rescued from collapsed mine

It took authorities about three hours to be able to dig a back access entrance.

Argentinian government wants to change Glacier Law to boost mining development

The Deputy Secretary of Mining Policy said the world needs Argentina's copper, lithium, gold and silver.

Diamonds confirm existence of planetary “embryo”

A planetary “embryo” gave origin to the meteorite fragments that form the Almahata Sitta collection.

Sixteen people trapped in gold mine in Colombia

The quarry’s entrance collapsed Wednesday afternoon.

Quantum Minería wants to extract rare earth elements from groundwater

The Sí a la Tierra Viva platform rejects the miner's proposal.

Australian miner reports maiden potash resource in Germany

Davenport Resources reported a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource of 576.6-million tonnes at 12.1% potassium oxide at its Ebeleben mining licence.

Rare earths extracted from coal mining by-products

Researchers at West Virginia University expect to start extracting, refining and taking to market rare earth elements in a couple of years.

Chilean parliament urges Codelco to meet with El Teniente workers

The Mining Committee of the Lower Chamber met with Codelco executives, employees, and other stakeholders.

US lab mines gold from discarded SIM cards

Even though different research groups are trying to recover gold from electronic waste, in most cases they are using environmentally unfriendly techniques.

Diamonds are a Canadian miner's best friends in Finland

Arctic Star reports positive results from The Timantti Diamond project.

Developer of lithium project in Canada placed in trading halt in Australia

Sayona is expected to make an announcement regarding the capital it needs to raise to complete a definitive feasibility study for the Authier Lithium Project.

Australian miner sells nickel tenements for $1.55 million

The tenements are within the Leinster Nickel Project, located in granites and greenstones of the Achaean Kalgoorlie Terrane.

Authorities bring down illegal mining site in the Peruvian Amazon

The Madre de Dios region has seen a surge in illegal mining operations.

Argentinian secretaries to jail for Veladero spill

The officials are accused of abuse of power in the case of the 2015 cyanide spill at Barrick Gold's Veladero mine.