My way or the environmental highway:Philippine President warns mining sector
The Philippine President has offered a warning call to mining companies: follow the environmental regulations or shut down, the nation can live on without you.
President Rodrigo Duterte told a briefing this week issued the rallying cry as well as jumping to the defence of Environmental and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez following the announcement of a nationwide audit.
“You try to castigate Gina Lopez for being strict, and yet you destroy the land, destroy the soil, and then you get rich” he said, referring to miners.
"We will survive as a nation without you, either you follow strictly government standards or you close down."
Mining experts have responded to the President’s bold statement, insisting that the mining sector is being somewhat unfairly targeted.
Dante Bravo, president of Global Ferronickel Holdings Inc, the Philippines' second-biggest nickel ore miner, said: "The industry is using less than 20,000 hectares out of the 30 million hectares comprising the total land area in the Philippines,”
“And we are contributing so much to the national economy and local development. So, I think we should be treated fairly," Bravo told Reuters.
Unmanned train to allow Vale to reopen iron ore plant
Brazilian miner Vale SA will be able to resume operations at its Timbopeba iron ore dry processing plant in up to two months thanks to the use of an unmanned train, the company said in a statement this week.
Vale - Timbopeba iro ore plant
With the train, Timbopeba will be able to operate at least at 80% of its capacity of 33,000 tonnes of iron ore “fines” per day, reports Reuters.
Vale was forced to shut down the plant in the Alegria mine complex recently after labor authorities in Minas Gerais state banned activities close to the Xingu dam due to concerns of a risk of collapse.
Vale said access by workers and vehicles continues to be suspended in the flood zone of the dam due to the ban even though it remains at emergency level 2, which means there no imminent risk of rupture.
But some workers are allowed entry under strict security precautions and they will get the unmanned train going once it has been tested, which would take between one and two months, the company said.
The unmanned train will travel automatically along 16 kilometers (10 miles) of track operated by a system that can control the speed and activate the brakes, Vale said.
Vale announces first ore at Voisey’s Bay mine extension
Vale has reached the milestone of first ore production at the Reid Brook deposit at the Voisey’s Bay mine expansion project in Northern Labrador, Canada - recognised as the safest mine in Canada.