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15 die in dam collapse at Siberian gold mine

Oct 19, 2019 - 3:39 PM

(UPDATED) The workers died when a dam on the Seiba River collapsed in the early hours of Saturday and flooded several cabins where they lived, authorities say

ACCIDENT. This handout picture released by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry on October 19, 2019, shows a flooding after a dam failure in a gold miners village close to the town of Shchetinkino, about 250 km from the city of Krasnoyarsk. Photo from Russian Emergency Situations Ministry

Silence is golden for a Tanzanian mine

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:00 AM

In Tanzania, impoverished 'intruders' keep looking for gold at the risk of their lives, and reporters are punished and prevented from shedding light on environmental damage and other wrongdoing

WALLED MINE. The wall built around the North Mara Gold Mine to avoid 'intruders.' Photo courtesy of Forbidden Stories

Appeals court rules in favor of Masbate gold mine

Mar 16, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Petitioners simply failed to substantiate their claims that any environmental damage is directly attributable to Filminera s mining activities

NO WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Open pit mining operation by Filminera Resources Corp. in Aroroy, Masbate. Rappler file photo

Groups urge to legalize small-scale mining to stop child labor

Jan 15, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Out of 350 000 workers in small scale gold mining 18 000 are women and children

11 Indonesians feared dead in gold mine accident

Oct 26, 2016 - 7:47 PM

The men were in a narrow 50 meter 160 feet deep shaft on Sumatra island on Monday when heavy rain sent water and earth surging into the mine

FCF Minerals Corp to start gold mine operation in Nueva Vizcaya this year

Oct 07, 2016 - 10:34 AM

The Philippine subsidiary of UK firm Metals Exploration Plc will begin the commercial operation of its Runruno Gold Project after more than a decade of exploration and construction of facilities

GOLD MINE. British firm FCF Minerals will operate its gold mine in Nueva Vizcaya before the end of 2016

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers seek gold in face of drought

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Ivory Coast is the world s leading cocoa exporter but thousands of farmers there are now turning to unlicensed gold mines where they earn more

A gold-digger digs into a field seeking for gold in the village of Bore, next to the central town of Dimbokro on August 15, 2016, where cocoa fields have been turned into illegal gold mines. The prospect of wealth has brought diggers from neighbouring Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea to seek their fortunes in dozens of small mines scattered over a radius of more than 300 kilometres (185 miles) in the Nzi-Comoe region. / AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

The wRap Indonesia: Rains ease haze crisis, Australia sends boatpeople to Indonesia

Oct 30, 2015 - 6:14 AM

Other stories include the Google Loon set to parachute above Indonesia and a gold mine collapse killing 3 men

BOAT PEOPLE. A child cries at the refugee camp for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Jun Ha/EPA

Indonesia gold mine collapse: 3 killed, 9 feared dead

Oct 29, 2015 - 3:33 PM

At least 12 people tunneled into the mine in a mountainous region of West Java on Tuesday in the hope of finding gold and were buried when the shaft collapsed

DANGEROUS. 3 are dead after a gold mine collapse. File photo of abandoned gold mine

Typhoon Lando: Relief ops team reaches isolated Isabela town

Oct 21, 2015 - 9:25 PM

Floods in the towns of Tumauini San Pablo and Cabagan and in the city of Ilagan are subsiding in the aftermath of Typhoon Lando Koppu

Int'l group slams PH gov't failure to stop child labor in mines

Sep 30, 2015 - 11:02 AM

UPDATED While the Philippine benefits from small scale mining in the provinces HRW says the industry must be rid of any and all elements that force children to live adult lives

CHILD LABOR. The image shows children working for small-scale mining. Photo from HRW

Batangas opposes gold mine threatening Verde Island Passage

Jul 24, 2015 - 9:27 PM

Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste says the provincial government will block any moves to approve the gold mine project near the center of the center of marine biodiversity

UNDERWATER TREASURE. The Verde Island Passage boasts the highest concentration of shorefish species in the world, according to scientists. Image courtesy Rich Mooi/California Academy of Sciences

More than 400 Philex workers opt for voluntary retirement

Apr 07, 2015 - 7:39 PM

They account for 20 of the present workforce of Philex Mining which projects that its Padcal mines may last for only 5 years more

RETIREMENT PACKAGE. Philex Mining has offered a retirement program for employees nearing 50 years old in preparation for the time Padcal mines has to be closed. Photo from the Philex website

DOST launches ‘green’ gold mining technology in Benguet

Mar 03, 2015 - 11:16 AM

Developed by Philippine experts the technology seeks to promote responsible small scale mining that benefits both miners and the environment

GREEN MINING TECHNOLOGY. DOST officials at the launch of mineral processing technology that can help protect the environment. Photo by Carlito Dar/PIA Cordillera

Gold rush

Oct 25, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Death danger and destruction in the mining town of Paracale Camarines Norte has its equivalent weight in gold

Indonesia allows Freeport to resume exports

Jul 26, 2014 - 12:07 PM

Indonesia introduced a ban on the export of some unprocessed minerals and higher taxes on others that can still be shipped out of the country in January 2014

Security personnel look on at Freeport McMoRan's Grasberg mining complex, one of the world's biggest gold and copper mines located in Indonesia's remote eastern Papua province.  File photo by AFP

9 killed in landslide at Indonesian gold mine

Jul 04, 2014 - 6:41 PM

Four people were still missing and two others were rescued alive after the landslide struck Wednesday near Dageuwo village Papua province

Philex earmarks P4B for big-ticket projects

Jun 26, 2014 - 8:28 AM

The listed mining company is still waiting for clearance to fully operate the Padcal copper gold mine in Benguet

MINE SPILL. A Philex Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo from Philex

Philex says Padcal cleared for full operations by PAB

Jun 18, 2014 - 4:33 PM

The Pollution Adjudication Board lifts the cease and desist order it issued on Philex after the mining company fulfilled its obligations

MINE SPILL. A Philex Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo from Philex

Philex pays P189-M fine over 2012 Padcal mine spill

Jun 06, 2014 - 10:57 PM

The penalty has been imposed for the listed company s violation of the Clean Water Act during the period August 2012 to February 2014

MINE SPILL. A Philex Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo from Philex

Ghana gold mine collapse kills 6 illegal miners

May 27, 2014 - 10:22 PM

Those who died were allegedly digging illegally on land belonging to a mining company

200 feared trapped in S.African illegal gold mine: rescuers

Feb 16, 2014 - 11:01 PM

Police on patrol had discovered the men when a passer by said he had heard voices of people screaming from underground

TRAPPED. About 200 are feared trapped in South Africa, where mining accidents are common. File photo by AFP

Tax exempt or not? OceanaGold first shipment halted

Feb 26, 2013 - 1:51 AM

Australian miner OceanaGold says no shipment from its Didipio copper gold mine in Nueva Vizcaya amid tax woes

WHEN TO PAY? Tax issues halt Feb. 25 shipment of ores from this Didipio mine where open pit operations started last December 2012. Photo from media website of OceanaGold

Partylist rep: SMI funds CAFGUs

Feb 23, 2013 - 4:32 PM

SMI says CAFGUs are funded by LGUs and that the company only contributes when requested to do so

MINING OPERATIONS. It took over a year for the government to grant the operator of the Tampakan mine in Mindanao its environmental clearance. Photo shows a visualization of the Tampakan mining site by Parsons Brinckerhoff for Swiss miner Xstrata

New mass strike hits Gold Fields mine in South Africa

Sep 10, 2012 - 5:57 PM

Around 15 000 workers have downed tools in South Africa at a Gold Fields mine west of Johannesburg just under a week after a strike ended at another part of the same mine

Smuggling eyed for 63% decline in gold production in H1

Aug 20, 2012 - 3:01 PM

The DENR said gold production declined to 8 382 kilograms due to the 95 reduction in gold purchases by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas BSP in the first 6 months of 2012

Gold reserves can wipe out poverty in Philippines - NSCB

Apr 11, 2012 - 1:50 PM

If only the Philippines can tap all of its vast gold resources and reserves poverty would be completely eradicated according to the National Statistical Coordination Board NSCB