Category Archives: gold mining

GUYANA: Gold Mining: Mercury- The toxic metal in the shadow of the gold industry

Guyana Gold routes -click to enlarge

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This story has been published as part of “Mercury”, a project led by InfoAmazonia in partnership with Stabroek News and outlets from several countries, including TV Globo (Brazil) and Armando Info (Venezuela). The entire production was supported by the Rainforest Journalism Fund of the Pulitzer Center and the IUCN National Committee of The Netherlands. To learn more, please visit: https://mercurio.infoamazonia.org/en

By Bram Ebus and GI Sutherland

It’s late in Corriverton, a small village on the western bank of the Corentyne River, the waterway that separates Guyana from Suriname. But a few local boatmen, who shuttle people and contraband across the river, are still hanging around in front of the village brothel, drinking beers and smoking weed while chatting with the sex workers who’ve come out for the night. Most of the women are Venezuelan refugees who fled the crisis in their home country or were trafficked abroad.

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Aurora Gold denies bringing in scores of Chinese workers; ditching local contractors

AGM Inc., Peter Benny,

The new management of Guyana’s biggest gold mining operations has denied that it is bringing in more than 200 Chinese workers.

AGM’s Director of Corporate Office, Compliance and Government Relations AGM Inc., Peter Benny,  denies news report.

The company also denied it has sidelined locals and will be utilizing the service of the Chinese contractor here to move mining materials and be part of the operations.

The issue was reported by Kaieteur News over the weekend.      Continue reading

GUYANA: Politicians and gold mining madness in the hinterland

GGMC Logo

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The news earlier this week that the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), has fined a Brazilian gold miner G$12 million (app $60,000 US), for allegedly committing several environmental transgressions in pursuit of his mining activities, including destroying a section of the Cuyuni River bank, would by now have gotten left behind amidst the various other issues that compete for public attention at this time.

Perhaps more to the point is the fact that the fine imposed represents proverbial ‘chicken feed’ compared to the likely overall value of the precious metal extracted by the Brazilian miner and almost certainly repatriated back into Brazil, but definitely not having done anything for this country’s economy.

GUYANA: Chinese owner of Aurora Gold Mine (AGM) ditches local contractors

—- applies to bring in hundreds of Chinese workers

The AGM mines in Cuyuni, Region Seven

The Private Sector Commission (PSC) has written to President Irfaan Ali asking for his intervention in a case involving Aurora Gold Mine (AGM).

According to officials, the company has applied to bring in over 200 Chinese workers for that Region Seven mine, the biggest gold mining operations in Guyana.The company was fully taken over by Chinese-owned Zijin Mining Group Company last month and already the signs are not encouraging for local businesses.          Continue reading

Guyana: Geography: The Savanna Region – Part 4 of 4

The Savanna Region – Geography of Guyana – Part 4 of 4
–A Documentary …. by Lal Balkaran
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This is the fourth and final documentary on the Geography of Guyana in text and pictures that focusses on the fourth natural region known as the Savanna Region. It is over 25 minutes of viewing and consists of six maps, over 200 lines of text, and almost 100 photographs, the majority of which are stunning. The documentary profiles and captures the way to look at this region – both physical, political, economic, cultural, and human.          Continue reading

OPINION: Canadian company walks away with US$238M; now we begging for US$100M loan to build a bridge

Demerara Harbour Bridge – built 1970

Foreign investors, wherever they go, do so for two main reasons: to enrich the host country so that the people can benefit; and to enrich themselves. However, in Guyana, foreign investors behave like scavengers, raping our wealth and leaving us dry, pale and penniless and with wounds which would never heal.

Guyana Goldfields is a prime example. A group of Canadians came here and set up shop. Our government handed them huge swathes of prime mining lands and they enjoyed duty and tax-free concessions galore to the tune of billions. in Guyana dollars.  Continue reading