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Justice Denied to Indigenous People Affected by Mining | Guatemala- Frequent conflicts had been repeatedly ongoing due to Guatemala’s mining sector.  These conflicts caused an increase in threats, criminalization and violence in the past recent months.  Despite having over 400 mining licenses issued and more than 700 pending, the tension was caused by lack of respect for free, prior and informed consent.

 

The country’s highest court upheld the 1997 Mining Law against a constitutional challenge brought by the Western Peoples’ Council (CPO) for lack of prior consultation with indigenous peoples, reported by Guatemalan national press last March 1 of this year.  Finally after the complaint was filed, the ruling comes out and it is against Guatemala’s international human rights obligations.  It also represents a hold up from a 2011 Constitutional Court decision that ruled in favor of the right of Guatemala’s indigenous majority to consultation on legislative proposals that could have an effect on their lands and natural resources.  Guatemala is obliged to respect the right of indigenous peoples to free, prior and informed consent for any project that could adversely impact them, and to consult with them before passing laws or administrative initiatives that would affect their rights this is all under Guatemala’s Peace Accords, the American Convention on Human Rights, and as a signatory to the International Labour Organization Convention No. 169 on the rights of indigenous and tribal peoples, as well as having endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

 

The Western People’s Council, or CPO, will now forward this case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  The CPO is a coalition of indigenous authorities and institutions from seven departments of Guatemala.  They have already well thought-out nearly 60 community referenda.  This referendum will give indigenous communities the right to vote and decide whether or not to accept development projects on their lands.

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TIGBLOG | Blackhawk Mines Corp Old Article Review- Copper demand expected to rise

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Remenber the two of the biggest mining firms in the world, Rio Tinto PLC and BHP Billiton Ltd are teaming up to invest over USD 4 billion to boost their copper output. The mining site that will produce molybdenum concentrate and copper is expected to have a yearly production of around 60,000 tonnes. Moreover, BHP expects that this resumption of operations will provide for 650 new jobs. Majority of the money is set to be invested in the Escondida operation located in the southeastern part of Antofagasta, Chile. In addition to this, BHP is also planning to resume its operations at the Pinto Valley in Arizona before the year ends.The recovery in ore grades combined with current work at Escondida should aid them in their target production of over 1.3 million metric tonnes by 2015. This is exclusive of the 60,000 tonnes of copper concentrate that the Pinto Valley is capable of producing yearly, according to BHP.

 

Production of copper has been steadily decreasing worldwide for the past few years, triggering an aggressive pursuance for a big copper prospect like the Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia and the Olympic Dam in South Australia.BHP is planning to release USD 2.6 billion on 2 projects to increase their mining output while Rio (with their USD 1.4 billion stake) and Japanese consortium JECO’s respective stakes are going to take care of the rest.Companies in the mining industry are aggressively investing in minerals and key metals as they maintain an optimistic view that demand from China and other developing countries will continue to grow. In order to improve their overall output by 80%, the biggest copper mine is showing optimism regarding the long-term demand for metals.

 

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http://blackhawk-mines-corp.spruz.com/pt/TIGBLOG--Blackhawk-Mines-Corp-Old-Article-Review--Copper-demand-expected-to-rise.1-14-2013/blog.htm

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http://issuu.com/harrygrant/docs/blackhawk_mines_corp_reacts_on_shelved_expansion_p

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Opinion ForumJar - World's Largest CFB Biomass Power Plant (Blackhawk Mines Corp) Now?

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Opinion Forum - World's Largest CFB Biomass Power Plant (Blackhawk Mines Corp) Now?



World's Largest CFB Biomass Power Plant Now in Commercial Operation Using Foster Wheeler Advanced Technology

ZUG, Switzerland - Foster Wheeler AG (NAS: FWLT) announced today that the GDF Suez power plant located in Polaniec, Poland, is now in commercial operation, delivering over 200 MWe of electricity to the country's electricity grid solely from biomass.

The plant is powered by the world's largest and most advanced biomass CFB (circulating fluidized-bed) boiler, which was supplied by Foster Wheeler. CFB technology is capable of fully firing a wide range of biomasses and other fuels, including those derived from agricultural crops. "Agro" biomass can be produced much faster and on a larger scale than longer growth wood-based biomasses, thus improving the economics and sustainability of biomass power.

"The challenge has always been to design a boiler capable of reliably firing difficult-to-burn agro biomass while at the same time increasing steam temperatures to achieve high power plant efficiency," said Jaroslaw Mlonka, President and Chief Executive Officer of Foster Wheeler Energia Polska. "This particular CFB incorporates many advanced design features that enable the Polaniec plant to achieve a net plant efficiency of over 36%, based on the fuels lower heating value, while firing solely biomass containing up to a 20% agro component."

Mlonka further stated, "This Advanced Bio CFB -- or ABC -- is the largest and most advanced biomass CFB steam generator Foster Wheeler has ever supplied. Our goal for this project was to provide GDF Suez with a reliable, biomass-flexible boiler that would allow the client to build a high-efficiency green power plant - and we have achieved that objective."

The Polaniec plant is owned and operated by GDF Suez, one of the leading energy producers in the world. The plant began commercial operation on November 15, 2012, six weeks ahead of schedule. Foster Wheeler provided a turnkey delivery of the boiler island and fuel yard, including design and supply of all steam generation and auxiliary equipment, civil work, erection and commissioning.

Foster Wheeler AG is a global engineering and construction company and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company employs approximately 12,000 talented professionals with specialized expertise dedicated to serving its clients through one of its two primary business groups. The company's Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, mining and metals, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries. The company's Global Power Group is a world leader in combustion and steam generation technology that designs, manufactures and erects steam generating and auxiliary equipment for power stations and industrial facilities and also provides a wide range of aftermarket services. The company is based in Zug, Switzerland, and its operational headquarters office is in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information about Foster Wheeler.

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