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NOTE: Batchawana Bay is a beautiful resort area on Lake Superior, just north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and location of an Ojibwa reserve/fishing village.
Billiton And Intrepid Minerals Corporation Enter Into Exploration Agreement Regarding Batchawana Bay Project, Ontario, Canada
London, 9 May 2001
Billiton Plc announces that its subsidiary Billiton Resources Canada Inc. has signed a letter of intent, subject to board and regulatory approvals, with Intrepid Minerals Corporation ("Intrepid") regarding its Batchawana Bay copper-gold project in the Lake Superior region of Ontario, Canada. The Batchawana Bay area is regarded as prospective for the discovery of new iron oxide-hosted Cu-Au orebodies similar in style to the giant Olympic Dam deposit in South Australia. The key components of the proposed agreement include:
Laurie Curtis, President of Intrepid commented "Billiton is definitely a partner of choice for Intrepid, and the deal gives us flexibility as operator to capitalise on our extensive in-house experience with this sort of deposit".
Billiton And Western Keltic Mines Enter Into
Peru protesters block road over Antamina mine worry
June 22, 2001
LIMA, Peru - Hundreds of local residents of a fishing village blocked Peru's main north-south highway with boulders on Wednesday in protest at environmental fears surrounding the major new Antamina copper and zinc mine.
Inhabitants of Huarmey, some 88 miles (140 km) north of Lima, fear contamination from a pipeline to transport the minerals to the Pacific Ocean, and from a processing plant at the port.
The Antamina mine, owned by Billiton Plc , Noranda Inc , Teck Corp and Mitsubishi Corp , is expected to become Peru's biggest zinc producer and a major world supplier. It began test operations this month and is expected to become the world's seventh largest copper producer and third largest zinc producer.
"The people are asking for the port and the pipeline not to be used because they believe there is a risk of contamination, as has happened in other places touched by mining," Juan Pacifico, the mayor of Huarmey, told Reuters.
The first blockades, which caused no problems for Antamina, began on Tuesday and Pacifico said they would go on unless the company managed to convince the population about its environmental protection at a meeting yesterday.
Antamina, located 16,000 feet (4,800 meters) up in the central Andes, expects to achieve full commercial operation by the end of the year, when the mine is forecast to go from an initial average of 35,000 tonnes a day of treated minerals to 70,000 tonnnes - the planned maximum output for 10 years.
Of the $2.296 billion investment in the project, some $400 million has been earmarked for environmental protection - a key concern in Peru, which combines major mineral deposits with stunning natural beauty.
"Antamina is the biggest project (of its kind) under construction and is meeting international standards and Peruvian legislation on environmental issues. There is no problem with contamination," the company said in a statement.
The company added that the water used to transport the mineral in the pipeline would not be emptied into the ocean but would be treated and used to irrigate a desert region.
Antamina expects to export its first batch of concentrates at the start of July.
ENVIRONMENT A PROBLEM FOR MINING
by Eduardo Orozco
Reuters News Service
"The experience in Peru is that mining causes environmental and social problems because of the dumping of waste which affect people's health, livestock and fish stocks by contaminating water," said Miguel Palacin, head of a nationwide lobby group for communities affected by mining.
Energy and Mines Minister Carlos Herrera has said environmental issues at Antamina are under control.
When Antamina is fully operational by the first quarter of 2002, production is expected to reach a million tonnes of copper concentrates a year, 490,000 tonnes of zinc concentrates and 6,500 tonnes of molybdenum concentrates.
Antamina will increase Peru's mining exports by 30 percent from the first year of operations, and is forecast to have a 20-year life.
Peru is the world's fifth largest copper producer. It is also the world's No. 2 tin and silver producer, No. 3 zinc and lead producer and No. 8 gold producer.
Peru's energy and mines ministry expects Antamina to boost the country's struggling $54 billion gross domestic product by 1.8 percent and to increase copper production by 35 percent and zinc by 50 percent. Copper
Settlers of Huarmey, Casma, Bolognesi and Huari block Pan-American North
Massive mining protest against Antamina
Settlers of the provinces of Huarmey, Casma, Bolognesi and Huari blocked sections 291 and 298 of Pan-American North as part of second regional deployment of 48 hours declared against the mining company Antamina.
The blockade of the tracks beginning from the midnight of Monday and deployment had accepted in total form by the settlers and civil organizations of the zones of influence of the miner.
Successful deployment responds to the environmental damage that would produce the beginning of the mining activity of Antamina in Huarmey and the zones near the 302 mine and of mineroducto of km2 of extension.
The conflict arose the last week when in an opened meeting, the mining company Antamina did not know to respond to the questions made by the specialists of the Defense front and the settlers.
Juan Asti, who has analyzed the Study of Environmental Impact of Antamina, says that the miner does not inform the chemical components that the treated water will have once the mineral concentrated one (made up of copper, zinc and silver) happens through mineroducto until arriving at the port of Huarmey.
Felipe Cantuarias, vice-president of Corporative Subjects of Antamina, said in an interview to a radial transmitter that the water of mineroducto will arrive at the port and will enter a processing plant, of will leave a water there used class 3 for irrigated land. The water will go to one puts of storage and the liquid element will be used for a foresty project of 170 hectares.
Nevertheless, Asti indicates that it is very probable that concentrate uses heavy metals which are difficult to be treated. " the exact volume of the used water is not known Either that together with the little information of their composition could affect the water-bearing one of Huarmey ", maintains Asti.
For Cantuarias any risk of contamination of Antamina does not exist, but it recognized the lack of correct information of the population.
The mayor I solicit " that the monitorimnh and supervision of the environmental impacts is made with the participation of the local governments and Fronts of Defense of the zone of influence of the miner.
Also it demanded the fulfillment of pacts and agreements subscribed
between Antamina and the communities farmers, as well as the payment
of municipal tributes.
Republica 17 May 2001
By EFRAI ROSALES
Correspondent in Huaraz
But of 3 thousand people they raise to defend its environment against the abuses of the transnationals - Blockade of the Pan-American one and more than 50 hurt in beginning of r egional unemployment of Ancash that rejects contamination generated by Antamina miner
The blockades of the channel, as much in Bolognesi as in Huarmey, generated the immediate retaliation of the National Police that sent tear pumps against the demonstrators and, even, made firings to the air, being 50 hurt people, among them one of bullet, informed the leaders.
..... several set afire, interprovincial omnibus and trucks ... and beached vehicles in about 10 kilometers of the North highway Pan-American were the balance of regional unemployment that initiated 12 provinces of the department of Ancash, in protest by the environmental contamination generated by the mining company Antamina
The force measurement was accepted in almost a 100 percent in the provinces of Huarmey, Bolognesi, Piscobamba, Yungay, San Luis, Pallasca, Llamell**n, Huari, Huaylas, Carhuaz and Sihuas, whose mayors stood out as he leaves from his platform of fight Exigencies:
Its iron defense of the ecology and the environment,
They asked for the accomplishment of an additional study of the environmental impact of the port of Huarmey... with the participation of representatives of the population.
They demanded the government who demands to the mining company Antamina the creation of a bottom that serves to compensate to the communities affected farmers and populations, The fulfillment in the agreements subscribed with the land proprietors near the scope of influence of the mine, in order to mitigate the socioeconomic and cultural effects.
The provincial mayor of Bolognesi, Caesar Fernandez Callupe, headed a mobilization of of near three thousand people, who blocked with immense stones the North Pan-American highway, in the sectors of the Lagoon of Conococha, in the zone coast and Cajacay, the mountain range. These actions were imitated by settlers of the province of Huarmey, who headed by leaders of the FEDIP carried out a mobilization by the main streets, finally to block the highway and to take the bridge located on the iver from the same name, like the zone of Miramar and the sector of Four Bridges to the south of city.
An immense tail of beached vehicles occupied about 10 kilometers in t he sector of Snakes, and to the south from the toll to the denominated place " the Vixen ".
The call to regional unemployment was raised by the provincial, distritales mayors and leaders of the National Coordinator of Communities Farmers (Conacami) in protest against the Antamina company and the central government so that the transnational company fulfills recovering
the zones damaged by its contractors Sagitario Besalco. They assured that these companies made uneven the water mirror of Laguna Conococha and have depredated the biodiversity of that ecosystem due to the transfer of mineral remainders.
Coordinadora de Comunidades Afectadas por la Mineria (Conacami) sito
en Jr. Carlos Arrieta 1059 Urb. Santa Beatriz, Lima. PERU http://www.eurosur.org/rebelion/ecologia/mineria221200.htm
Carta a Peru de Wisconsin
Regional Strike Against Canadian Mining Companies
August 31, 1999
Peruvian army troops with automatic weapons took control of Huaraz, capital of Ancash department, on Aug. 20 as residents shut down the city on the second day of a nearly total 48-hour civic strike.
Huaraz mayor Waldo Rios Salcedo said the regional strike was supported by 27 provincial and district mayors in Ancash department, and by 132 campesino organizations. The strike was called to protest the activities of two Canadian mining companies, "whose gold production at the Pierina mine is valued at $50 billion, while the surrounding areas get no benefit at all," according to Rios.
The Canadian companies Barrick-Misquichilca and Antamina are under fire for not paying adequate taxes to benefit the region; for failing to hire local people -- only five of the total 870 workers on the companies' payroll are from Huaraz; and for using cyanide in their production process.
Municipal offices, schools and commercial establishments were closed during the two-day strike; only a few pharmacies and street vendors were open for business. There was no public transport. Footage aired on a privately owned cable television station showed soldiers guarding bridges, gas stations, public buildings and plazas, and patrolling the city in private vehicles.
On Aug. 19, after a demonstration in the main plaza of Huaraz where mayor Rios blasted the mining companies, groups of protesters blocked streets with stones, burned tires and knocked down signs around the city. The office of the Ancash Prefecture said in a communique that the army presence in Huaraz was necessary "in the face of the abuses committed by groups headed by mayor Waldo Rios, which caused damages to property." Police said the disturbances left five people injured and 10 arrested.
BHP plays down Peru troubles
by John Phaceas
May 25, 2001
BHP said yesterday it was not aware of any guerilla attacks on its Tintaya copper mine, or Billiton's Antamina mine, in Peru, ahead of a general election there next year.
In Lima yesterday, the head of Peru's mining, oil and energy society, Ricardo Briceno, said a number of foreign-owned operations were being targeted by Shining Path guerillas and "other subversive groups" in the lead-up to the election.
Mr Briceno said blocked roads, stolen dynamite and attacks on workers and property had been reported at a number of sites over the past three months, including those owned by BHP and Billiton.
The attacks appeared to have been orchestrated to foster instability and undermine Peru's crucial mining sector, he said.
BHP played down Mr Briceno's comments.
"We are unaware of any incidents of that nature," a company spokesman said.
Mr Briceno's claims come just days after BHP shareholders approved a $57 billion merger with Billiton, despite many expressing concern at risks associated with Billiton's greater exposure to developing nations.
It also comes as work gets under way on a $US138 million ($226 million) expansion of Tintaya to lift capacity 40 per cent to 130,000 tonnes a year by late 2002.
Meanwhile, Anglo American-controlled diamond giant De Beers seized on suggestions BHP may divest the fabulous Ekati mine in Canada in the wake of its merger with Billiton.
Speaking in London, a De Beers official said the company would "monitor" any proposed changes to Ekati's ownership.
Canada was a "new frontier to broaden (De Beers') supply base", he said.
On Wednesday, BHP chief strategic officer Brad Mills said the $1 billion Ekati mine had to "get bigger and grow ... or we'll have to harvest the value in that".
Any offer from De Beers would be likely to draw fierce opposition from Rio Tinto, which is building the $1.4 billion Diavik mine nearby.Tom Wilson
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Check out Billiton's worker safety and environmental record for 1999. Go to www.billiton.com and then click on HSE and Community. Once in, click on Environmental Management or Health and Safety.
From: Environmental Management section of Billiton's HSE and Community Report (part of the 1999 Annual Report (See also the Health and Safety section for Injuries and Fatalities)or open the frame:
"This year we recorded 508 environmental incidents, of which 12 were at Level III. We will try harder. Our commitment is zero spills. Many of the Level III incidents were related to the release of contaminated water into the receiving environment. The Southern Hemisphere has been particularly affected by exceptionally high rainfall that compromised water management facilities in Australia and South Africa. These water discharge incidents occurred after consultation with local authorities and in accordance with licensing conditions. No penalties or fines were incurred.
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