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28 Sep 2021 SANTIAGO
Final extension granted to BHP mining project
18 Nov 2020 SANTIAGO
U.S.-based Albemarle Corp, the world's largest lithium producer, has accused its top rival, Chilean miner SQM, and local regulators of seeking to keep secret a coveted report about the environmental impact of lithium mining in Chile's Salar de Atacama, according to a filing made by its lawyers. Chilean regulator Corfo, which oversees lithium mining in the Atacama, in August denied a request from Albemarle ALB...
9 Nov 2020 SANTIAGO
Continental water use by the mining industry in Chile fell 6.8% in 2019 to 12.45 cubic metres per second compared with 2018, according to state copper agency Cochilco in its annual water report. Cochilco said part of the fall was due to a 1% reduction in the quantity of mineral processed as well as miners moving to use more seawater and to recirculate water more...
14 Oct 2020 SANTIAGO, Chile
The world's second largest lithium producer, SQM in Chile, has announced new sustainable development plans including commitmet to the environment and sustainability of operations throughout its supply chain. Lithium production is water-use intensive and presents toxic risk to local communities and ecosystems...
5 Aug 2020 SANTIAGO, Chile
Mining giant BHP Billiton, operator of the world’s largest copper mine, Escondida, in Chile was charged 31 July with exceeding water extraction thresholds over the past 15 years.“The company, despite committing to reduce its extraction of water … exceeded the maximum level permitted since 2005, tripling that level in 2019,” Chile’s regulator said in a statement...
29 Jul 2020 SANTIAGO
A top environmental judge in Chile renewed a call for a government-vetted water study to help stamp out lingering questions about sustainability that have cast a pall over Chile’s lithium-rich Salar de Atacama. Water - both fresh and saline, where the lithium lies - has long been a sticking point for miners at Atacama, one of the world’s richest reserves of the ultralight battery metal...
4 Jun 2020 SANTIAGO
In an interview, Rodrigo Mundaca, Agronomist and National Spokesperson of the Defence Movement for Access to Water, Land and Environmental Protection (MODATIMA), responds to the interview question: What is the main environmental issue in your context? The main problem is water.
12 Feb 2020 SANTIAGO, Chile
The world’s largest copper mine, Escondida, announced 4 February that it has reconsidered plans to continue water extractions from the vulnerable Atacama salt flats in Chile, and advance deployment of desalination technology.While rich in copper and lithium deposits, Chile’s Atacama region presents severe operating challenges for extraction companies...
26 Jan 2020 SANTIAGO
Global demand for lithium is expected to triple in six years. But mining companies are increasingly coming into conflict with indigenous communities who are worried about the future of their ecosystems.
13 Jan 2020 SANTIAGO
The Chilean Senate's decision to reject the idea of legislating a constitutional reform to enshrine water as a public good was described as a national disgrace on Thursday. The text received 24 votes in favor and only 12 against, but was rejected because the 29 votes required (two-thirds system) for its approval were not reached, which continues to generate criticism in social, political and academic circles.
7 Nov 2019 BONN, Germany
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced an offer from the Government of Spain to host United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) from December 2-13, 2019.The 1 November announcement came on the heels of Chile’s decision to pull out of the host role in the face of extended civil unrest that began in Santiago in mid-October...
11 Oct 2019 SANTIAGO
A bill seeking to declare water produced from seawater desalination plants a public good has begun to be read in Chile. If passed, the bill, introduced into the Senate in January 2018, would allow the distribution of such water to be subject to the authority of the state, which concerns the private sector companies, particularly in the mining sector, which have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to secure their water sources through investment in desalination plants, particularly in arid northern Chile