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.

Massive gold treasure found in Kazakhstan

Archaeologists unearthed 3,000 gold and precious metals objects and jewelry pieces.

Five people dead in rockslide accident in Mexico

Five bodies were recovered from a collapsed marble and limestone mine in the town of Dengantzha, located in the Hidalgo state.

Canadian junior ready to start drilling for copper in Spain

Pan Global’s subsidiary Minera Águilas has received the necessary permits to start its exploration campaign on the first two sections of the Águilas project.

The wait continues for victims of Gold King mine spill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is still reviewing about 380 claims for lost income, fallen property values and other losses.

Alrosa sells its most expensive diamond to date

The company said that the Dynasty diamond “is the purest of all large diamonds manufactured throughout the Russian jewelry history.”

RenGold, Newmont expand Nevada project

They want to grow the Ecru Project, located in Lander County.

How big data can help find new mineral deposits

Researchers want to use a type of analysis commonly employed in understanding Facebook connections.

Half of the Asanko gold mine in Ghana now belongs to Gold Fields

The mine is one of Ghana’s newest gold operations and it is located in the country’s Ashanti Region.

Prof gets 3/4 million dollars to find new ways to process uranium

A researcher at the University of Kansas wants to study the fundamental factors that limit how atoms make bonds to uranium.

Lucapa’s mine in Lesotho continues to yield special diamonds

The 11.88-carat diamond was recovered from the North zone of the Mothae diamond mine.

Russian scientists discover new mineral

Uakitite is associated with sulfides, schreibersite and magnetite.

Environmentalists worried about prospecting in New Zealand’s South Island

The government lifted a moratorium for prospecting permits on 7,828 square kilometres on the northern part of the South Island.

India’s state-owned miner to start digging for local gold

Chigargunta-Bisanatham will be an underground mine and it would mark the first time the NMDC develops this type of operation.

Pebble’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement to be ready in January

A “scoping report” based on 175,000 comments will be published in August 2018.

Workers at First Quantum's mine in Spain go on strike

They are demanding hazard pay for subcontractors.

CAT sales in the oil and gas industry grow

Sales in the mining sector, however, showed a decrease.

South African diamond fetches half a million dollars

The gem was sold on tender for $11,267 per carat.

Eldorado expects higher gold production in 2018

The Vancouver-based miner said that the expected growth would be driven by Kisladag, its flagship gold mine in Turkey.

Peruvian mining society says approval of Quellaveco project marks a new era for the country

The president of Peru’s National Society of Mining, Petroleum, and Energy said the project will create 9,000 jobs during its construction phase and additional 2,500 once it goes into production.

Alaskans asked for feedback on one of the world’s largest gold projects

The public is being asked to review and provide feedback on Donlin’s reclamation and closure plans.

Alrosa to start diamond mining at Zarya by 2019

Total diamond resources are estimated to contain 3.5 million carats of diamonds.

Miramont's project in Peru may affect Indigenous communities

The company was deemed not eligible for an automatic approval of its drilling permit for the Cerro Hermoso project.

Chilean government wants conflict at Escondida to be over

The possibility of a strike was talked about over the weekend.

Argentina releases mining census, made $1321 million in 2016

Over 1,500 mining companies were operating in the South American country in 2016.

Gold particles help scientists find defects

3D printed parts can be self-reporting thanks to gold.