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.

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.

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.