Major legal victory for endemic species in Ecuador Rights of Nature case

September 26, 2020

A Constitutional Protection Action win at the Cotacachi Court on September 24 may stop mining companies destroying the habitats of endemic species in Ecuador “In a huge win for the environment, on Thursday 24 September a judge at the Cotacachi Court ruled that the Ministry of the Environment failed at its job of protecting species … Read More

Sanctuary for life in Ecuador

September 25, 2020

A Constitutional Protection Action could protect the Rights of Nature over the economic rights of transnational companies in Ecuador’s Intag Valley. Originally published in The Ecologist by Rebekah Hayden The Intag valley in the Imbabura province, high up in north-west of Ecuador, should be a peaceful place. Forested mountains are blanketed so thickly in fog … Read More

Australian mining companies plunder Ecuador’s gold and copper

August 28, 2020

First published in Green Left by Anthony Amis In 2008, Ecuador was the first country in the world to enshrine the rights of nature in its constitution. But, as Anthony Amis reports, international mining companies have been given the green light to exploit the country’s copper and gold reserves. The Ecuadorian government is desperate for … Read More

Rinehart mining camp burnt in Ecuador

August 27, 2020

Gina Rinehart’s Ecuador subsidiary Hanrine is facing renewed unrest in the province of Imbabura, Ecuador. On Tuesday 25th, a group of 180 people set fire to a mining camp at one of her concessions in Buenos Aires in north-east Ecuador. More on that here. The attacks came days after the local parish council met and … Read More

Rinehart vs Chilean Govt over spoils for copper mine

August 5, 2020

Ecuadorian investigation shows a conflict between Codelco and a subsidiary of Australia’s Hancock Prospecting, Hanrine, over control of the Llurimagua copper mine. Information revealed on August 3, in the Periodismo de Investigación article The war for Llurimagua, sheds light on the activities of a subsidiary company owned by Gina Rinehart, Australia’s wealthiest person, as she … Read More

Mining at Llurimagua – a social and environmental catastrophe

August 5, 2020

Selling the World a Social and Environmental Catastrophe: Ecuador’s Llurimagua Mining Project By Carlos Zorilla The government of Ecuador has been busy trying sell its share of the troubled Llurimagua copper project to a third party of late. Right now it is owned by two state-owned mining companies, Ecuador’s ENAMI and the Chilean giant, CODELCO, … Read More

Gold, Guns and Gina Rinehart’s mining concessions in Ecuador

August 1, 2020

Carlos De Miguel III, the General Manager of Hanrine Ecuadorian Excploration and Mining SA, a subsidiary of Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting, was apprehended by police for an alleged illegal weapons cache. Mr De Miguel was found with several pistols, rifles, and more than 9,500 rounds of ammunition. A spokesman for Hancock in Australia said in … Read More

HPPL offer for Llurimagua

April 28, 2020

Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd. (HPPL) put in an offer in 2017 to buy ENAMI stake in the Llurimagua project in northern Ecuador, according to Via Minera. Full article here (in Spanish) with explosive commentary on situation at Llurimagua as well as information on issues with ENAMI/Codelco partnership, the collapse of copper, and interest from both … Read More

Australian company offer for controversial Llurimagua project

April 14, 2020

A major Australian company has reportedly put in a US$420 million offer for the controversial Codelco-ENAMI Llurimagua project in the Intag region of Ecuador according to mineral expert lawyer. Minerals expert lawyer Stevie Gamboa Valladares said in Prensa Minera on April 10: “Llurimagua is a mining project located near the Intag forest, an area of … Read More