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Orla Mining’s Camino Rojo Obtains All Permits

By Alejandro Ehrenberg | Thu, 08/20/2020 - 12:46

The Week in Mining underscores progress in Mexico’s project pipeline, where Orla Mining’s Camino Rojo obtained the environmental permit needed to go ahead with construction. Global news include the publication of a UN-backed standard on tailings management and a coup in Mali that may endanger gold production in the African country.

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SEMARNAT has approved Orla Mining’s Environmental Impact Statement (MIA). The MIA is necessary for the development of the Camino Rojo gold project in Zacatecas. Orla has now been approved the two main permits to begin construction activities.

Guanajuato’s Minister of Sustainable Economic Development Mauricio Usabiaga spoke at the state’s Congress about the importance of creating the Guanajuato Mining Cluster, whose objective would be to boost mining in the state.

Odyssey Marine Exploration has not given up its intentions to go ahead with a phosphate mining project on Mexico’s seabed. Mexico has denied the company two key permits. The company took the case to a binational arbitration panel under NAFTA Chapter 11.



The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) jointly launched the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management. This is the first global standard on tailings management that can be applied to existing and future tailings facilities, wherever they are and whoever operates them. 

Al Jazeera reported that companies mining gold in Mali, including Barrick Gold, say they are operating as usual in the midst of a political crisis. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned and dissolved parliament hours after soldiers detained him at gunpoint and seized power in a coup.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to block a proposed joint venture by Peabody Energy and Arch Resources, Forbes reported. The FTC argues the deal would crush competition in a region that supplies 40 percent of US coal.

The European Commission has contracted with a satellite analytics company to develop technologies for the monitoring and analysis of mining sites across Europe. The three-year project, called Goldeneye, has a total budget of US$9.83 million, reported Space Watch Europe.


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Alejandro Ehrenberg Alejandro Ehrenberg Journalist and Industry Analyst